Dolphins rookie Cordrea Tankersley learns hard lesson about South Florida

Cordrea Tankersley had an overheating issue the second day of training camp, but was back to normal today. (AP)

DAVIE—It didn’t take long for Dolphins rookie Cordrea Tankersley to realize something was wrong at Friday morning’s practice.

After some routine work at the beginning of the session, which started at 8:20 a.m. but was already close to 90 degrees, his body was struggling.

“My stomach felt queasy and I felt tight, then when I got my break I took a knee and as soon as I stood up my head started wobbling,” he said. “It just didn’t feel right.”

That’s the staff’s “worst nightmare,” coach Adam Gase said today, and the trainers quickly got Tankersley off the field for medical treatment. Gase and Tankersley described it as overheating and dehydration, and the team will be closely monitoring him going forward.

Tankersley was back at practice today with the rest of the cornerbacks and looked fine, saying he’d learned his lesson.

“It’s been a stretch trying to get used to it; it’s something you really can’t get used to,” he saaid. “At Clemson, it was a dry heat, but down here there’s a lot of humidity, so you’ve gotta learn to hydrate. I adjusted a little in the summer, but you can never get used to it. And we’re out here now going full speed, doing double time.

“Today was definitely a whole lot better, 100 percent better.”

Tankersley, who is competing for a spot behind Byron Maxwell and Xavien Howard, was also upset about missing the reps. At this point in his young career he added, “I can’t afford to lose no days like this. It won’t happen again.”

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