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Porter returns, Henne struggles in afternoon drills

Joey Porter returned to practice this evening as the Dolphins held their practice in the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble.

Porter's return to the starting lineup meant Quentin Moses returned to second-team work. The two outside linebackers were Porter and Matt Roth.

Vonnie Holliday and Michael Lehan are still not practicing and I think the Dolphins are getting a little antsy about Lehan who has been nursing a high ankle sprain since early June. I saw Bill Parcells tweaking Lehan a little bit on the side.

As for the hour by hour quarterback update, Chad Pennington looked good working with the starters in team and 7-on-7 drills. Chad Henne didn't look so great. Henne was 1 of 8 with an interception by Renaldo Hill in the two-minute drill. Later in the practice he completed four passes in a row but didn't get the team in the end zone.

Pennington also didn't get the team in the end zone, by the way. The offense stalled inside the 20 yard line when Pennington was at the helm. He did complete a sweet 25 yard pass down the middle to get Miami inside the 20, however.

Look for Pennington to get playing time this weekend against Jacksonville..

A couple of quick roster observations: The Dolphins are still starting rookie Donald Thomas at right guard but don't be surprised if Trey Darilek eventually emerges as the starter there. Tony Sparano loves Darilek and Parcells has been spending time with him after practice, particularly today.

Finally, I want to thank all of you for continuing to come to this blog for Dolphins information, analysis and opinion. We're at 1.6 million views for 2008 and the regular season hasn't even begun. Today, for example, this blog was the most visited offering on The Miami Herald webpage.

Thank you, again.

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Can anyone explain to me why Nick Saban has anything besides a urinal to be named after him in Miami?

Thanks for the info Mando. Congrats on the blog. Does anyone come to the herald for anything else but fins news ?

I am glad Nick Saban Bolted the way he did. Good Ridden!!!!! I am really confident that Parcells and company is what this team needed, but only time will tell.

Im glad to see the dolphins gettin some good things going for them its about time. Porter will be good this season back to his pro bowl caliber from seasons past with the steelers. Well I see this team goin places

That is hilarious Charlie. Thank you Armando, we are all just fin junkies looking for our fix. Amazing how much excitement the fins generate considering how piss poor the team is. Imagine how many hits you would get if the fins were actually good Mando. With the foundation the trifecta is building let us hope that is only two years away.

Good one Charlie! The nick saban memorial urinal, there should be room for one at Dolphins Stadium.

All joking aside, there absolutely should be a plaque over one of the end urinals in one of the men's rooms in the upper deck in Dolphin Stadium. That would be incredible. Charlie, you rule!!!

Why is it called the Nick Saban Memorial bubble? Just because it was built when he was here, or he asked for it, does not mean it should be named after him. You might as well call it the jerk bubble!!!

1.6 million served? You're almost as big as McDonalds Mando! You deserve it because you are the only reporter at the paper who covers this team on a daily basis. The other ones peek in and out once in a while but have no staying power. Keep up the good work! As for practice, I can't believe that the Dolphins had such a hard time finding a QB after Marino and as soon as Parcells and crew show up they immediately upgrade. WTF? I really hope Pennington can stay healthy because he is the steadiest QB we've had in A LONG TIME. With that in mind, I'm also hoping that Sparano works our o-line to death on pass protection so Chad dosn't get hit too much. He says he doesn't want revenge on the Jets but does anyone really believe that? He's going to play his a** off so he can show them what they threw away. And guess who's going to be the defenses biggest fan on opening day? I'm dreaming already but a win against the Jets would be incredible. With that said, we're still rebuilding so I'm not going to expect anything. Just beat the damn Jets PLEASE!!!!:)

I can't believe you said Henne had a bad practice. If you ready Palm Beach Post's Blog on Henne's practices he never does anything wrong. It's always the other person fault. At least your objective...

Folks, it is not REALLY named the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble. I have dubbed it as such because it is the only thing he can say he accomplished in his two years as Miami's coach.

It's a sarcastic reference, OK?

Armando,
One comment, one question:
a)I really think cutting Jay Feely will come back to bite us. I do not have a good feeling about this move.

b) You mentioned Jay reads this blog. How do you know? And which other dolphins are faithful readers, out of curiosity?

Am i the only one who saw that all of the quarterbacks are the same. John Beck is the 7-15 yard passer who occasionally takes a deep shot. Chad Henne is the same but takes deeper chances and has a slightly stronger arm. Chad Pennington is a more experienced John Beck with a weaker arm, he has just learned to manage his talents. Josh McCown is the middle of the road guy, a mix between Henne and Pennington.

They are all the same, each with a different niche.

It's been suggested that Henne's poor afternoon practice has jeopardized his standing with the team. It is likely that his incompletion at 4:45 p.m., in particular, may have placed him in the "which QB will be gone" category. Truly a pity rfor soemone who showed such ability at 10:20 a.m. duirng the morning practice, when he completed two long passes.

and it has also been suggested that I need spell-check.

Good Bye Jay Feely, we hardly knew ya...no really, I hardly knew ya!!

leotard man (kidding manuel leBor, my latin amigo)

let's let uncle (that way) tony decide when they screwed up after he watches some more film.

that poor guy needs to get a TiVo and watch a lil Rays baseball now and then.

mando the man, again thankx for endless hours of updates and some good fun (that way) so far in '08.

NY Scott-we are really gonna have more fun (that way) than last year 4 sure

and besides, you have to be dead, to get a memorial...oh yeah, maybe he is....

If you started it, good for you Armando, because everyone including other journalists call it that. Still love Charlie' idea. The Saban urinal could go next to the Cameron crapper and the Spielmen bidet.

Manuel Lebor, classic comment!

Armando, you have used that Saban Bubble line about 40 times already this year and you can see it's starting to confuse the kids!

BTW, I accounted for half the views today with my astounding refresh rate along with great zinger comments of course!

as for Henne having a bad practice, I don't believe they didn't bench him after the first incompletion and put our darling Beck in instead. Everyone knows Beck would never do anything like Henne did today.

Mando, don't you worry about the views, you just keep news like this coming in.

Why not? Will Pennington stay healthy all year? History is not on his side. So who do you turn to then? Keep them all...

Why not? Will Pennington stay healthy all year? History is not on his side. So who do you turn to then? Keep them all...

Mando,
Can you ask if they EVER plan to practice outside again? Yesterday was just an overcast day with No rain or STORMS and yet they hid out in that stupid bubble. Why? Also sent over 2000 people away during the scrimmage with no rain that day either.
What will happen when they have to play outside and have a slick ball? They certaintly won't be prepared. This bubble has done more harm than good- we won a lot of games for years without it.

Mando,
Can you ask if they EVER plan to practice outside again? Yesterday was just an overcast day with No rain or STORMS and yet they hid out in that stupid bubble. Why? Also sent over 2000 people away during the scrimmage with no rain that day either.
What will happen when they have to play outside and have a slick ball? They certaintly won't be prepared. This bubble has done more harm than good- we won a lot of games for years without it.

I am new in this site and I hope that this season we will have a lot of fun.
Pennington gives us a chance to win every given sunday. As Joe Theisman said very few people realize the significance of this acuisition. The Jets with bad coaching and bad teams were able to go to the playoffs 3 times in 6 years with this guy.Ok, the other 3 he was injured, but he has the %completion record in the HISTORY of the NFL. If we can protect him, we will be the biggest surprise in the NFL.

Any word on that guy, you know, the first pick of the draft, what was his name????

How is he progressing?

I hate the bubble. Well, I don't hate anything but I really dislike it.

It has made this team soft. How the hell did the Dolphin teams of the 70's ever manage to practice enough to go to 3 SB and win 2 of them???????

How about calling it the Nick Saban (I'm on the) Bubble (about being honest and telling the Dolphins I'm considering Alabama) Memorial.

Armando
Thanks for the constant updates. You make the dog-days of summer much more exciting.

They need to change the name of the Bubble! SATAN was a disgrace.....

Keep up the good work on the blog. The more info the better!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep up the good word in your drills

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