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Clearing out the Friday notebook

The Dolphins have signed guard Matt McChesney off their practice squad and waived guard Evan Mathis. Mathis has been sharing time with Ikechuku Ndukwe, but that hasn't worked out too well.

So Andy Alleman, the backup center, should get his chance to play at right guard this week. McChesney, a first year player out of Colorado, also could get an opportunity.

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Derek Hagan, waived by the Dolphins on Tuesday, had a workout with the Minnesota Vikings today. No word yet on whether he was offered a contract.

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Guard Justin Smiley (shoulder) is the only Miami player on the injury report. He is probable.

The Seattle injury report has WR Deion Branch (heel), TE Will Heller (knee), and G Floyd Womack (foot) listed as questionable. WR Koren Robinson (knee), LB Lofa Tatupu (groin) and FB Leonard Weaver (foot) are probable.

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Coach Tony Sparano when asked if he believes he was made to be a head coach rather than a position coach: "I never came into this league to be a position coach. I came into this league to be a head coach. I have an opportunity right now and I'm not stupid. I know that this is just an opportunity. I'm going to work my tail off to try to do the best that we can do here for the Miami Dolphins."

Gotta love this guy.

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I will be on radio Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and I intend to break down the Dolphins midseason report card. Maybe you'll agree with my grades. Maybe you won't. We'll discuss. You can listen at 790-AM locally or 790theticket.com online. You can also call into the show toll free at 1-888-790-3776.

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