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Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage dealing with concussion

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The good news for Fins fans is that veteran running back Frank Gore was back on the practice field Tuesday morning after getting a “veteran rest day” on Monday. The bad news? Rookie running back Kalen Ballage is in the concussion protocol and now, not likely to play in their second preseason game Friday night at the Panthers.

Ballage apparently suffered the concussion in Monday morning’s workout and was being held out Tuesday with the media having been notified that he’s now in the league mandated protocol.


That means Ballage, Miami’s fourth round pick out of Arizona State, will have to clear several phases to be cleared to return to practices, much less a game.

We wrote about “growing pains” for the rookie after he fumbled in the opener last Thursday, and then was chewed out by QB Ryan Tannehill for missing his pass blocking assignment in Sunday’s practice. A missed assignment that would have led to a blindside smash to Tannehill had it been a regular season game.

While it’s a setback, it doesn’t mean Ballage’s preseason development and reps are finished. It means that it’s all on hold for him

One of the beneficiaries of that is fellow backup running back Senorise Perry. Perry ran well, especially in the second half, of Miami’s 26-24 loss to Tampa Bay last week. He finished with four carries for 35 yards and a TD. He also had two receptions for 10 yards, too.

And the fourth year back out of Louisville is now getting some attention for his play early in camp, as well. This includes offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains praising after Monday’s practice.

Obviously, Miami has their two main backs set in Gore and Kenyan Drake. However, there is now true competition for which back will be in the mix to be third string and active for most games come the regular season.

A competition that, for now has swung in Perry’s favor, as he will likely see significant playing time in the second half on Friday night.

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