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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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TD Ronnie. Welcome back to the end zone #23

Ronnie's Back!

How do you like that First Team Offense w a rookie QB, Armandito?? Say something negative.

Ronnie has a huge 2.8 Yrds per carry

no fear there... head too low.


dolphins score. But not one of the New Orleans players out there was a starter. the Dolphins had their starting OL in there.

Henee leads a TD drive. Can we all get an amen!

That was a good drive, now if they can keep it up

fumble on the way...

there you go.

You know who the holder was for the extra point. Brandon Fields, that's right! Punters rule!

Weak legged Carpenter puts the ball on the 10

dolphins still playing first teamers on defense also. Wow.

armando just can't say anything positive. amazing.

I haven't been able to watch the other games, so I'm still in the dark regarding Wilford's issues. What's the problem? Is he running sloppy routes, dropping balls, etc.?

It just seems to me that it would be a simple matter of getting a receiver that big involved either over the middle, via curls or fades. I mean, the guy is practically a tight end.

I can say something positive... nobody got hurt so far.

Dolphins came with a safety blitz on that third down try. Haven't shown that this preseason yet.

1st team OL, 1st team D...not exactly failing forward of CamCam 2007, is it Armando?

Bess was a great find...

Is there anyway Bess doesn't make the roster?

Well that just means the NO, have a good group of back ups......

Can't cut Peelle, he has the best hands of all the TE's.

So what's the score.. Just got here.

I'd like to see another drive by Henne. Is it still the 1st team Offense out there?

Finman, I think Bess is the fifth receiver.

Tony: Wilford started training camp as a starter. Then he started dropping passes in practice and was getting no separation. So he was demoted to second team.

Then he had more of the same troubles early in the preseason and Bess passed him in the 3 rec package. he's fighting to get back in that package, but that in a nutshell has been his issue. Non performance in the preseason and early in training camp.

But as I said, he's had a very good week.

justintv.com is hella cool! thanks bryan cox! Ray from San Diego

Panhandle: The Dolphins trail 10-7 in the second quarter.

Henne is the real deal.

I think we can stop worrying about Ronnie Brown's finger injury.

Look there is Beck!!!!

Hey Armando,

Tell us about politics again. We really need to learn about the political system from you and who to vote for. That was genius.

So are we looking at Ginn, Hagan, Wilford, Camarillo, and Bess at WR. With Armstrong on the practice squad?

@Dat Roro Kid

I hope you are wrong, Hagan blows. How long can Hagan stay in the NFL when he drops almost every pass his way?

Peelle is redeeming himself. So is Henne.

Thanks for the summary, Armando!

Ronnie looks really good...even if it is Saints backups

Great throw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amazing pass by henne. And, frankly, I'm shocked Ryan held on to a high pass.

Nice play by Henne!

I'm no big fan, red. But he has played well early on and up until last game. He may turn into JR Tolver all over again but he's done well thus far and our options are limited.

Henne is 11 of 13 for 108 with 1 TD

It on iRadio anywhere?

damn! good throw from henne.

Henne with a TD. Gotta love to see that.

Man... that was a great throw.,...

Hagan must have a mental block...like the "yips" in golf.

Wow. Another great throw...on target while on the move. That drive seemed to answer some questions about Henne, Ronnie and Peele.

Dolphins second team defense is in now -- except for Akin Ayodele

Told y'all to chill!

Randy Starks provides pressure again. He's having his best game of the preseason.

Bess , Wilford, Peelle, Ginn, Ryan and Bolt!

they were in before - unless Courtney Bryan is suddenly starting

How about the holder on the point after, huh? Brandon Fields is AWESOME!

Starks applying pressure again. Good to see.

I would probably have overthrown that ball... the Henne TD. I have problems throwing on the run...

Palko sucks. I blame Dave Wannstedt.

Good half. henne did a great job of recovering.

"I thought henne did a nice job here at the end," Sparano tells Kim Bokamper on local Miami TV coming off the field.

Bess is gone, now. Sad. He won't be on the plane home.

I blame Wannstedt for my ulcer. Seriously, to watch that defense waste careers and not have anything to show for it. Jay Fiedler..........

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