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Live blog from New Orleans Saints game tonight

NEW ORLEANS -- The gumbo is good here but the folks are concerned about Hurricane Gustav that could be threatening this city over the weekend. The Dolphins will be done with business by then.

That business is tonight's preseason finale at the Superdome between the Dolphins and Saints. It should be an interesting exhibition at least for one quarter because both teams plan to use their starters at least that long.

Chad Pennington will start for the Dolphins and Chad Henne is expected relieve him. I assume Josh McCown and John Beck could get a call in the second half.

Ricky Williams will start for the Dolphins but coach Tony Sparano said he would also like to get Ronnie Brown some work despite the fact the running back is still recovering from a sprained finger. Brown missed last week's game against Kansas City and got only a couple of carries the week before against Jacksonville before the finger injury happened.

The competition between Chris Crocker and Jason Allen to see which wins the starting free safety job goes to its final stages tonight so watch those two.

Tonight will also be a test for Matt Roth, who apparently has won the starting strong side linebacker job. He will be tested for the second week in a row by an outstanding tight end. Last week it was Tony Gonzalez. Tonight, Jeremy Shockey is scheduled to start for the Saints. This is a matchup that concerns me going into the season because I don't think teams are game-planning against Roth in the preseason, but you can bet they will do that once the games count.

Joey Porter (back) will not play tonight. Charlie Anderson starts at weakside outside linebacker.

I will be here with you LIVE starting at kickoff, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. (east coast time). I will be updating this post before the game should any news or lineup changes occur. So join me in the comments section for the live blog.

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Robert: WR, OL depth, LBs.

Thanks Armando. By the way, I appreciate the live blog.

TB just return a Matt Turk punt for a TD!! Go TB Defense (my DST in Fantasy...)

Is Jason Allen playing tonight?

armando should i be discouraged by what im reading, it doesnt sound like the dolphins you are watching right now, are the same dolphins i watched in the last 2 preseason games, do you suppose because they are looking at alot of bubble players, or is N.O. just that good!!?

Funny Bruno.

Sounds like Henne has regressed the last 2 weeks in his progress. The end zone INT last week & now the fumble tonight. Guess his ears will be bleeding on the sidelines from Sparano. Agree w/Lo- I rather have a versatile Peele than a one dimensional Martin.

Lance Moore beats Michael Lehan for a TD.

The dream's over, fellas. Henne's gone backwards (he's no different than Beck) & the defense is soft. back to the drawing board. That'll teach us not to get jacked up by the preseason. 3-13 at best.

do you think we can rally, or does it look like N.O. has our number?

The LG got beat not Long

Fans need to freakin' chill. Preseason is preseason but this team is much much better than last year no matter WHAT CERTAIN WRITERS lead you to believe.

You need to be more reasonable and sensible about the progress of this team. We will be competitive.

Henne got "beat" held ball 2 long, no pocket awareness

Ok... back to last year's predictions... I say pick in the 2nd throw of the series

Anyone out there want to come over tonight and nail me in the ass?

It definitely sucks to have a 2nd team offense beat our 1st team defense, but they only had to go 19 yards...would the best 1st team defense in the league be guaranteed to stop them with that field position?

Hagan just got the hat trick, 2 drops and now an illegal procedure.

Dat Roro Kid,

Fascinating question

Mitchell comes up the middle for a sack. Cobbs misses a block on that one.

armando,

dont be swayed by all this banter, i beleive we are all here, cuz we beileive, Im sure we are all hoping against hope here, but as for me, i will be happy if we can show up to every game and still be in it in the 4th qtr. You cannot turn a team around in one year, you cant, too many variables, i whole heartedly believe that this years team, will be successful if only they can minimize their mistakes, and take advantage of others.... but it can be done, stranger things have happened in the nfl.

That's just Armando pretending to be me. That's your Miami Dolphins beat writer, Herald.


This is a good test, to see if they can come from behind and win

Does not look good thus farm at least Ronnie Looks ok....horrid attempt by Cobbs....he might be cut on that note....get him out of here!

Dat Roro, you are a fine one to be accusing other of impersonating someone you loser.

Not lookin' so hot tonight...I figured I was way too optismistic after the last few games...

I like boys.

How about Brandon Fields!!! Now that is a punter BABY!!!!

WHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAA

YYYYYYEAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!

Tyler Palko sacks himself. Awful. Andreson credited with the sack.

I'm off to watch and listen to Obama. A fin for 25 years, I've mentioned on Darlingtons Blog 10-6, playoffs and a chance of a bowl place but what am I talking about....

I'm arguing about the Breeze putting Pennington off one minute and success another.

Jake Long is simply too slow naturally with his feet. I can only hope our LG is a man with a lot of patience and hand speed.

Dicipline is a major problem for our club now and the players are not all rookies. Maybe the Ego of our two new men will effect how we progress after the next 3 years. This team may need a Clinton talk to at half time because confidence is easily knocked. The question is not Crocker V Allen by the way it's Madison V Allen. Giants fans delighted....

Guys, the Saints are a legit SB contender. I think they're a darkhorse in that regard.

Anderson with a sack....not to excited since it is the saints third team already

Will someone please find me a new job? I'll send you my resume.

give beck a shot

I think the choice of the 3rd QB is ostensibly the braintrust's assessment of the collective talent level and the team's chances. If they keep McNown, then they obviously believe that the team has enough to make a run for the playoffs. Otherwise, keeping Beck is an admission that the franchise is still at least a year away.

Dat Roro Kid is a prime example of why rats eat their young.

PS I just think he needs a hug

You can't hit in the major leagues when you're a single A player, Dat Roro Kid. You got some growing up to do.

Can we re-sign Yatil Green and Lamar Thomas?

Make that hug from behind, please...

Keep thinking that way, dinosaur.

Go Dolphins!

Bess making a statement with a 20 yard gain.

Bye bye Hagan, I suspect you will be cut before midnite!

go bess

Whoa, an Ernest Wilford sighting. Does he make the 53 or does he get the ax?

Hey, an Ernest Wilford sighting!!!!

That 26 yard catch is by far his longest catch of the year.

Hagan is staying, red.

Ernest Wilford makes this team. He has been practicing very well the past week or so, I am told. Practices are closed to the media.

Reagan Mauia, meanwhile, is a serious danger of getting cut.

Colts have had a poor preseason record over the past few years, so it's hard to see how the regular season will go.

Mauia is CUT

How about that punt? While I agree we have questions at many positions, at least we know we are set at the punter position.

Mauia is gone.

Reagen "hands of stone" Mauia

Mauia sort of redeems himself with a fine block on a DB.

Moving the ball against the third team

ronnie ... is playing with fear

Wilford again. yeah, the only way he's not on this team is if someone (Jacksonville) offers like a second or third round pick for him.

Nice curl by Wilford. Nice throw by Henne.

We need Reagan. What if there are some little kids making fun of the team in the parking lot after a loss? Who else will beat them up?

Wilford playing like Oronde

good drive by henne.

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