LONDON (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins take on the Oakland Raiders in London on Sunday and Ryan Tannehill will be the starting quarterback.
The team, feeling a bit sleep deprived due to the red-eye across the pond, has already had their first practice overseas ahead of the big showdown in London.
At 1-2, the Dolphins are very aware that this is a business trip and not a holiday by any stretch of the imagination. The team arrived at their hotel near Wembley Stadium early Friday after an 8-hour flight across the Atlantic and then it was straight to practice at a local Rugby pitch.
Several fans were invited by the organization to watch the Fins’ practice. One fan said that Wembley Stadium will be packed with Dolfans, because “there is a glamour about Miami” and “the (Dan) Marino years made the Dolphins really popular over here and that sort of hung on.”
It was a relatively easy practice, just enough to get the blood flowing and find a way to keep things as normal as possible.
“It was long, it was a long flight with small little cot type of things but it was cool, I sleep the whole way so it wasn’t too bad,” said wide receiver Mike Wallace to CBS4 Sports Anchor Kim Bokamper.
Cornerback Brent Grimes said the key is avoiding the clock.
“I don’t look at the time. It will just mess you up so I just go with the flow and show up when I have to be somewhere,” said Grimes.”
The players have Friday night off. They’ve scheduled a bus tour around London and just enjoying themselves as they get some rest.
But the key is to remain focused for the big game against the Raiders on Sunday which will air at 1pm on CBS4, the official Dolphins station.
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