Miami Dolphins LB Stephone Anthony says ex-Saints teammates ‘still my friends – off field’

Nate Washington of the Houston Texans is tackled by Stephone Anthony of the New Orleans Saints in 2015. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

DAVIE — Stephone Anthony always knew he’d be in Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

He just figured he’d be wearing black and gold.

Instead, the New Orleans Saints traded Anthony, a linebacker, to the Dolphins. And so, 12 days after the trade, he has a chance to play against the team that made him a first-round pick in 2015.

“I try not to let it bother me,” Anthony said. “I try not to look at it that way. Those guys, off the field, they’re my friends. And on the field, we’ll be competing against each other.”

Anthony was acquired after Lawrence Timmons went AWOL and was suspended by the Dolphins. Anthony was active for last week’s game against the Jets, although he didn’t play. Now that Timmons is back, it makes it that much harder for Anthony to get on the field, although the Dolphins did retain him when activating Timmons. Instead, Miami waived Justin March-Lillard, who was picked up by Seattle.

Anthony said he’s more the quiet type, so even if he does face his old team, there won’t be any trash-talking going on.

Anthony had never been to the UK and said he was looking forward to seeing Big Ben. He may still see it, even if it’s silenced while work is performed.

“That was one thing I’m looking forward to see,” Anthony said. “Other than that, let’s go get a win.”

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