Minor returns to Dolphins practice after father's death

Updated: July 31, 2003, 4:06 PM ET

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins running back Travis Minor returned to practice Thursday, a week after his father was killed in a Louisiana traffic accident.

Leslie W. Minor, 45, was killed July 24 in his hometown of Baton Rouge, when his motorcycle collided with a van.

Minor, a third-year player, had taken a week off to attend his father's funeral.

"It's tough, but that's life," Minor said after the Dolphins' practice. "My father raised me to be a man and now's the time to step up."

Minor spoke to his father by telephone on the morning of the accident. Minor described the conversation as "just small talk."

"Me and my dad were real close. We talked every day or every other day," Minor said.

Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt welcomed Minor back.

"You think you know people around you, but when a person goes through some adversity, that's when you really find out what he's about. Travis is handling it the best he can," Wannstedt said.

Minor will travel with the team to Tennessee for its practices Friday and Saturday with the Titans.

"He wanted to get back here with his teammates, Wannstedt said. "I'm glad he's back here with us, where we can all help him through this difficult time."

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