Porter expected to practice after Dolphins’ discipline

Joey Porter, who was deactivated for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay due to a coach’s decision, expects to return to practice on Monday. Sources say Porter’s deactivation against the Buccaneers was related to the linebacker’s off-field conduct last week.

Porter, who was nursing an injury and not feeling well, was excused early to go home from the team’s facility one day last week and instead was found to have gone elsewhere, according to sources. A source close to Porter would not speak to the specifics of the reason for the discipline, but said the report was essentially correct and called it a “difference of opinion.”

The Dolphins would not confirm or deny anything regarding the nature of Porter’s deactivation, and both sides are putting it behind them. Miami faces a critical game Thursday night on NFL Network, traveling to Carolina, and need all healthy bodies ready to go with a short week of prep time.

As the source close to Porter put it: “It’s back to business as usual on Monday.”

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