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Philbin says Dolphins read to play a game

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DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins conducted the first 30 minutes of Monday's two-hour organized team activities under hazy, smoky conditions because of a nearby wildfire.

"It felt a little weird at first," said Pro-Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, who suffers from asthma, "but as it went on we got used to it."

Coach Joe Philbin seemed pleased with the session.

"I thought we had a good practice," he said. "We did goal line. We put that in, (and did) two-point plays, and did another little red-zone installation. As I said to the team, we're basically just about ready to play a game. At the end of the week we'll simulate an overtime. I'm real pleased with the progress we're seeing on the field."

The defense appeared to be slightly ahead of the offense as they got their hands on lots of passes in the red-zone session. Safety/nickel back Jimmy Wilson broke up one pass intended for wide receiver Mike Wallace in the end zone.

But a few plays later, quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a strike to Wallace, who beat strong safety Reshad Jones for a touchdown.

The defense also saw success when it utilized a few blitz packages with defensive end Cam Wake beating rookie right tackle Ja'Wuan James for a sack on one play.

One thing that remains a bit of a stunner is running back Knowshon Moreno, the free-agent signee from Denver who amassed more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage last season. Moreno was working largely with the third- and fourth-team offense when the Dolphins split up and worked on two fields. The first- and second-team offense was on one end of the field, and the others, including Moreno, were the other end of the field.

That means running back Lamar Miller, last year's starter who rushed for 709 yards, remains the starter. Well, that's the way it seems.

"We don't really have starters right now," Philbin said.

Philbin added it's insignificant who runs with the first team right now.

"Those other guys have jumped in there and gotten first-team reps," he said of running backs Daniel Thomas and Mike Gillislee. "It doesn't really matter what end of the field they're on to me, what field they're on when we go two fields."

Defensive tackle Jared Odrick (unknown ailment) remains sidelined and wide receiver Brandon Gibson (recovering from knee surgery) remains very limited.

The Dolphins have their three-day mini-camp next week.

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