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LB Roth Misses First Two Days of Camp w/ Illness

Linebacker Matt Roth missed the first two days of training-camp drills with an illness that had yet to be diagnosed, coach Tony Sparano said Monday.

Roth’s agent, however, said the problem was a groin injury.

Roth was placed on the physically unable to perform list with a non-football illness after he failed a conditioning test at the start of camp.

“Matt did not do as well in the conditioning test,” Sparano said. “We talked about what was going on. … He did not feel right, and so we sent him for blood tests. That work came back negative, and that is where we are right now.”

Roth jogged and watched the first two days of workouts from the sideline but wasn’t made available to reporters. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said on his weekly television appearance on WSVN-TV that Roth was sidelined with a groin injury.

When asked about Rosenhaus’ comments, Sparano said: “All I can tell you is what I know. I believe Matt Roth when Matt Roth is telling me that he is sick.”

Rosenhaus didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.


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