NFL: Rift grows between Taylor, Dolphins
By Steven Wine
MIAMI ó The feud between Jason Taylor and Bill Parcells intensified Wednesday, making it likely the six-time Pro Bowl defensive end has played his last game for the Miami Dolphins.
Coach Tony Sparano said Taylor isnít expected to take part in any team activities through training camp. The revelation came less than 24 hours after Taylor finished second to Kristi Yamaguchi in the finals of iDancing With the Starsî in Los Angeles.
For weeks the new Dolphins regime, led by Parcells, has fumed while Taylor spent his offseason focused on his budding Hollywood career rather than back in South Florida working out with teammates.
Following a voluntary team practice Wednesday ó with only Taylor missing ó Sparano signaled the Dolphins are ready to move on without their top defender.
iIím glad we know this. Weíve gotten the information, and thatís important,î Sparano said. iI know that Jason is not going to be in any minicamps, and I know that right now Jason is not going to be at training camp.
iSo thatís what we know. Jasonís a player under contract with the Miami Dolphins. Both parties are well aware of the information. Thatís all Iím going to say about it.î
While Sparano implied that Taylor initiated the latest development in the soap opera, the coach declined to be more specific. Taylor and his camp were mum about the situation.
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