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OT Eric Shelton regains starting job

First it was Anthony Alabi who was first on the offensive tackle position on the Dolphins’ depth chart.  But with a troublesome knee dogging him, it appears that L.J. Shelton has reclaimed that spot.  Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron is expected to announce the starters late on today; he also sent Shelton a message regarding his conditioning.

Cameron told Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Monday, “He’s been really good.  There’s a case of open, honest communication that went way back to March.  You’ve heard me say, we’re all breathing the same air, so let’s be open, let’s be honest, let’s take the good news with the bad news and play ball. He’s been super.”  Shelton’s upside is his versatility, having started five games at left tackle and 11 games at right guard last season.

One of the keys to the Dolphins’ running game being successful is Shelton staying in top physical condition (he lost 20 pounds this preseason) and to avoid injuries.  Assuming this happens, then Ronnie Brown should have a successful 2007 campaign and hopefully be a contributing factor in quarterback Trent Green staying healthy for the entire 2007 season.

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