The Dolphins will participate in joint practices with the Eagles leading into the third preseason game, Thursday, Aug. 24, in Philadelphia.
The Eagles announced the joint practices via Twitter on Thursday morning. The practices in Philly will be open to fans and won’t involve an admission charge.
“We wanted to do it last year,” coach Adam Gase said. “We just couldn’t really find the right match. In the first year of the program, you’ve got a lot of things going on, you kind of get a late jump.”
Gase said it’s a year-to-year situation on whether the Dolphins do a joint practice in the future. It’s largely dependent on finding a team whose schedule matches Miami’s.
It’s not unusual for the Dolphins to hold joint practices in preseason, especially around that point of the summer. By then, teams will have been holding practices for weeks and players often welcome the chance to match up with someone other than teammates to keep things fresh.
For example, the Dolphins held a joint practice with the Panthers in the 2015 preseason before facing Carolina. Players were warned to keep things civil, yet in the first workout, defensive end Olivier Vernon fought with offensive tackle Michael Oher of “The Blind Side” fame.
Following the trip to Philly, the Dolphins will have only one more week — leading into the Aug. 31 preseason game in Minnesota — before opening the regular season at home against Tampa Bay on Sept. 10.
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