Hard Rock International Buying the Naming Rights to the Dolphins Stadium

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Hard Rock International has bought the naming rights to the rebuilt Dolphins stadium in a multi-year deal, a source confirmed, meaning Hard Rock Stadium will kick off the football season in September, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

The Dolphins will announce the deal at a Wednesday news conference.

The 29-year-old stadium already had six names, beginning as Joe Robbie Stadium (1987-1995) after the former Dolphins owner got the privately-financed venue built for $115 million. Since then it has been Pro Player Park/Stadium (1996-2004), Dolphins Stadium (2005), Dolphin Stadium (2006-2008), Land Shark Stadium (2009), and Sun Life Stadium (2010-2016).

Dolphins DE Dion Jordan Cleared to Practice When Healthy

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Dion Jordan has been cleared by the NFL to resume practicing when he’s medically fit, Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post reports. Jordan, a defensive end, missed the 2015 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Jordan returned to Dolphins training camp last week after being conditionally reinstated by the league. He had been able to attend meetings and get treatment but now is permitted to do more than just strength and conditioning work, having satisfied the NFL’s checklist toward compliance. But it may be a few more weeks before he’s physically able to ramp up his workload.

Last week, Darren Rizzi, the Dolphins’ assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, pointed out the contributions Jordan used to make on special teams, whether it was blocking kicks or occupying blockers to enable teammates to block them.

“There’s no doubt about the fact that when Dion was out here and played special teams for us a couple of years ago, he was a force,” Rizzi said. “He made plays and he was consistent.”

Dolphins Work Out Veteran Linebacker Brandon Spikes

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The Dolphins on Wednesday worked out veteran inside linebacker Brandon Spikes, the former Florida Gators standout who was out of the NFL last season after serving a four-game suspension, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Spikes, who is viewed as a run-stuffing specialist, has started 49 games in five seasons with the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.

He’s contributed 340 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions during his NFL career, which has been hindered by numerous injuries. Last year, Spikes was suspended for the first four weeks of the regular season for violating the NFL’s conduct policy, but he didn’t get signed by an NFL team.

The Dolphins have depth issues at linebacker, which could become problematic considering the team’s three starters – Koa Misi, Kiko Alonso and Jelani Jenkins – have all struggled to stay healthy the past couple of seasons.

Spikes would be a good addition to this team, as he could add some spice to a linebacker core that looks to get even better for the 3016 season under Adam Gase.

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Another Brawl Breaks Out at Dolphins Camp

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Yet another brawl took place at Dolphins camp on Tuesday, as the Palm Beach Post reports that it got pretty messy pretty quickly with bodies all over the place taking on each other, with new coach Adam Gase having the final word to his new team.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase doesn’t mind flare-ups during training camp. But Tuesday night’s temper tantrum was enough to bring practice to a halt for a minute while Gase told the team to tone it down.

A brawl lasting roughly 45 seconds broke out among so many players — about two dozen — it was impossible to tell who the two principles were. It began as a scrum at the center of the field, near one 20-yard line. It appeared to be settling down before it was rekindled about 5 yards away.

After players unpiled and defensive end Farrington Huguenin remained down, requiring a cart, the scene appeared to take on an ominous tone. But Dolphins players and Gase agreed Huguenin actually was injured moments before the incident.

Gase has to like how his new team is trying to be extra physical, but they have to remember that they are beating up each other right now, and they should save it for the field as the team gets ready for preseason action at Chicago.

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Shoving Match Breaks Out at Dolphins Camp Involving First-Round Pick Laremy Tunsil

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Dolphins defensive end Chris McCain got into a heated shoving match with rookie guard-tackle Laremy Tunsil, the first-round pick from Mississippi. And it appeared Tunsil got the best of McCain, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Both players downplayed the incident. Still, it brought some excitement to training camp.

“That’s football, man,” McCain said. “It’s training camp, we see each other all day, we’re around each other seven, eight, 12 hours a day, so it’s all good. It’s part of football.”

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Dolphins Fans: Bud Light Has Created A Can Just For You

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With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the Dolphins!

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Dolphins colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fans will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

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Dolphins Ink RB Arian Foster to One-Year Deal

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The Dolphins running back spot got a little more crowded on Monday, as the team came to a deal with all-time Texans leading rusher Arian Foster on a one-year deal.

Foster, who was released by the Texans in March, rushed for 6,472 yards and 54 rushing touchdowns during his time with Houston.

Last season for Foster ended oddly enough against the Dolphins, as during that game he sustained an Achilles injury.

The flirt with Foster started when he visited the Dolphins in March on what was termed a medical visit. He had a follow-up visit on Monday, and the team felt he was good enough to go to ink to a deal.

Miami’s backfield with Foster also includes Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and rookie Kenyan Drake.

Dolphins to Workout Former Texans RB Arian Foster

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The Dolphins are still in the mix to add some veteran talent to the roster before camp starts, and one player they will take a look at is former Texans running back Arian Foster, who is looking for work after he was released on March 3rd.

He’s the Texans franchise all-time leader in yards and rushing touchdowns, as he finished his Texans career with 6,472 yards and 54 rushing touchdowns.

Right now the Dolphins have a backfield with Jay Ajayi is a lock to make the team, and Daniel Thomas is another back looking to make the team – he’s got the most experience on the roster at the RB spot. Isaiah Pead and rookie Kenyan Drake are two other backs looking to make impacts in 2016.