Olivier Vernon DL MIA 5 Months

Vernon (back) returned to practice Wednesday, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.

The Dolphins may still elect to hold Vernon out of their first preseason game Friday but the back injury is no longer a concern.

Olivier Vernon DL MIA 5 Months

Vernon is expected to miss several practices due to a back injury, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.

The Dolphins don't believe the injury to be all that serious but still will more than likely hold Vernon out of their first pre-season game.

Olivier Vernon DL MIA 5 Months

Vernon suffered a back injury during practice Monday, according to the Miami Herald.

The extent of the injury is not yet known yet but it's not expected to be serious. Dion Jordan's suspension makes it imperative that Vernon remain healthy for at least the early part of the season.

Olivier Vernon DL MIA 6 Months

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker pegs RE Olivier Vernon as a player whose stock continues to rise.

Vernon led the Dolphins with his 11.5 sacks last season and returned to have a dominant spring. "He's real, real good," said new LT Branden Albert, who was beaten by Vernon for two sacks in a scrimmage last week. Vernon remains ahead of last year's No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan for the starting job opposite LE Cameron Wake. The defensive line is the clear strength of the team in Miami.

Olivier Vernon DL MIA Sep 15 '794 Comments

Dolphins RE Olivier Vernon is tied for sixth in the NFL in sacks (10.5) and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week 13.

He earned the honor by sacking Jets quarterbacks three times Sunday. The Dolphins' defensive line has been their brightest spot on a disappointing team, with Vernon bookending Cameron Wake, who has 6.5 sacks. Vernon won't get any Pro Bowl votes because he's not even on the ballot. "That's a guy that's not getting as much attention as he probably needs to be, or the credit that he deserves," said Ben Roethlisberger of Vernon in a pre-game conference call Wednesday. "He's playing at an extremely high level right now."

Olivier Vernon DL MIA May 23 '79

Olivier Vernon is expected to be the Dolphins' starting right end this year.

Rookie Dion Jordan has simply missed too much practice time due to recurring shoulder trouble. Vernon is having a standout camp and looks like a possible plus starter opposite Cameron Wake. Vernon is an interesting DL3 IDP prospect.

Olivier Vernon DL MIA May 15 '79

Dolphins RE Olivier Vernon has been "dominating" LT Jonathan Martin in training camp practices.

The Dolphins are trying to figure out if Martin is a problem, or if Vernon is blossoming into a legitimate threat off the edge as he enters his second season. Vernon posted 3.5 sacks in very limited action as a rookie, and he entered camp atop the depth chart at right end. He spent the offseason working out with and learning pass-rush moves from teammate LE Cameron Wake.

Olivier Vernon DL MIA May 01 '79

Dolphins 2012 third-round pick Olivier Vernon opened training camp as the team's starting right defensive end.

The Fins loved what they saw from Vernon at spring workouts, and he flashed with 3.5 sacks on limited snaps as a rookie. This position may eventually go to Dion Jordan or perhaps incumbent RE Jared Odrick, but the Dolphins want Vernon geared up for an increased role. He has explosive pass-rushing traits.

Olivier Vernon DL MIA Mar 21 '79

Dolphins second-year DE Olivier Vernon has taken reps with the first-team defense at OTAs.

With Randy Starks (franchise tag) and Dion Jordan (late graduation) both away from the offseason sessions, Vernon has worked as the first-team right end and Jared Odrick has been the starting tackle next to Paul Soliai. Vernon won't be an every-down player in 2013, but he should have a role in sub-packages. The 2012 third-round pick registered 3.5 sacks off the bench as a rookie.

Olivier Vernon DL MIA Nov 21 '78

Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said DE Olivier Vernon is "going to get much, much better."

Vernon, a 2012 third-round pick out of Miami, will spend the offseason working out with and learning pass-rush moves from Cameron Wake. "This is a big offseason for [Vernon], and that's an understatement," Wake said. Vernon registered six sacks as a sophomore in college, but he then dipped to 1.5 before leaving school as a junior. He has the ability to play on the line or as a stand-up rusher.