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On Chad's bad shoulder, Dolphins bad record

Chad Pennington said it best late Sunday when in talking about his personal adversity with a serious shoulder injury he might also have been talking for his team: "I'm going to hope for the best and expect the worst," Pennington said.

Although Pennington declined to be specific about his right shoulder's status, the team is fearing the injury is a dislocation of his throwing shoulder. Team doctors popped the shoulder back into place on the sideline but the damage was done, according to a source.

A dislocated shoulder is different than a separated shoulder in that a dislocation means the top of the arm pops out of the socket. In a separation, there could be damage to the ligament that connects the collarbone to the shoulder blade.

Both are serious, particularly for a quarterback.

Pennington will miss an unspecified amount of time. Depending on what the MRI this morning reveals, Pennington could be out as little as three weeks or up to 12 weeks, which would effectively end his season. If the injury -- regardless of whether it's a separation or dislocation -- is acute, it might require surgery.

And that also would be a season-ending situation.

Pennington has already undergone two right shoulder surgeries in the past. Pennington was talking like someone who expects bad news following today's MRI.

"I've worked extremely hard and have overcome a lot of adversity and been able to play when people said I couldn't play anymore," Pennington said. "I've been through two surgeries and I've been able to play and play at a high level. That's quite an accomplishment.

"Right now, I'm in a state of shock, truly disappointed because I know what type of work I've put in and what type of work that our team has put in. For me not to be able to be out there and help us fight through this adversity is tough to swallow."

The Pennington injury makes Chad Henne Miami's new starting quarterback. The Dolphins might also be in the market for a backup because Pat White simply is not ready to be the backup now.

Henne struggled against the Chargers, who riddled him with new coverages as soon as he entered the game.

"I think we gave him a few different looks that he probably hasn't seen yet," cornerback Antonio Cromartie said.

When he came in the game, Henne was confident he was ready to succeed. But he missed some open receivers either by not getting the ball to them or throwing elsewhere.

"I was prepared for this moment," he said of the time he was told to come in the game. "It's only a 7-point game and that's the moment you have to shine and come up and become a player ... Obviously tonight it didn't really show. I made some mistakes, but I'll be in that film room day and night busting my butt and getting better and lead this team."

The Dolphins need the leadership because right now they are winless and with few viable options for getting better.

Do you know any good playmakers for the offense? Do you know any available secondary players that can help stop the bleeding?

The Dolphins need both. Henne got no help, least of all from Ted Ginn Jr., who had six passes thrown his way, resulting in zero receptions.

The team gained 94 yards on its 17-play first quarter opening drive. And then gained only 195 total yards the rest of the game.

The secondary, meanwhile, continued to give up big plays. (This while Renaldo Hill notched an interception Sunday.)

"We can't be giving up explosive plays down the field like that," nose tackle Jason Ferguson said.

This game was depressing on par with last year's loss to Arizona for different reasons. That game was a blowout in which the Dolphins didn't compete.

This game was closer but it was depressing in that the Chargers were clearly the much better team despite missing several key players.Starting running back LaDainian Tomlinson didn't play. Starting center Nick Hardwick didn't play. Starting guard Louis Vasquez didn't play. Linebacker Shawne Merriman left the game after the first half.

And still the Chargers had more talent on the field.

Finally, this column I wrote for Monday's Miami Herald outlines how the things the Dolphins did so well in winning the AFC East a year ago are exactly the kind of things they stink at doing so far this season.

Thoughts?

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The time is now. Henne has to go out there and make mistakes, and hopefully learn from them. I don't think he will be throwing the ball a lot this week against the Bills. On the other hand, the team needs to upgrade in the WR area. They should trade for Bolding and give Henne a real chance with a real receiver.

lol..........i have to go to make meat ball sub.back in 2 days .

Still one of a kind...no Ben Roethlisberger won 13 games as a rookie...that's one of a kind...Mark Sanchez, again has won two games against medicore teams at best and one against a shaky New England team...he has proved NOTHING and has won NOTHING...talk to me at years end, if i was wrong I'll admit it...

This just in Shawn, Pennington will go down in the NFL history books as one of the most accurate passers in NFL history. What have you done that anyone will remember you for? I hope it's not these lame posts you're banking on as a legacy. I love how you think you can look at a player and know if he's has a future in the NFL. WOW, why are you in here arguing with fellow fans about your man love for Sanchez, who plays for our most bitter rival, when you should be working in the NFL as a GM? In all of this I love Snachez talk did you bother to notice that he has a problem holding on to the ball in cold weather? It was a problem in college and it just reared it's ugly head again against the Titans. Three balls slipped right out of his hand before the throw. Yeah, that's going to go over real well in the meadowlands in Nov/Dec. And Cuban Menace you are completely useless and hoplessly dillusional. You never have a good point or argument and every time I make the mistake of reading one of your posts I realize I will never have that time back and then I'm just bitterly dissapointed. You talk about Hennes neck as if you're a 3rd grader picking on someone for a shortcoming. I bet you're a fat miserable piece of crap with no life and no woman to keep you company. Otherwise you wouldn't spend countless hours blogging with strangers. You shouldn't make fun of the way people look a-hole. Why don't you grow the F up!

NYScott,admit it the cuban was the first one to point out the ted ginn was useless like you .

We dont need sam bradford, colt mccoy, and definately no tim tebow. All of those qb's will be busts. Keep an eye on Dan Lefevre the qb out of central michigan. He is the best pro qb prospect going into the 2010 draft.

NYSCOTT , Yessss ! . You gave me some advise the other day , so i'm going to give it back. Don't waste your time with someone who actually thinks 9/11 was a inside job. NUTS ? As far as the menace goes , he loves doing this . THIS IS HIS LIFE !

NyScott..Great post, thank you for some common sense in this sea of idiocy

Thank goodness Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman and Brett Favre weren't on the dolphins b/c with this fan base they would have thrown out those HOF'ers b/c they had 2 bad games.

Every first time starter is going to take their licks. Give it time. If Henne still can't get it done 4 games down the line then get out the tar-n-feathers, but for now take a deep breath and relax

not there's any thing wrong with that .

Chad Henne > Brady Quinn

At least we don't take this loser with #9 pick in 07. Ginn is bad, but taking bust quaterback at #9 would have set dolphins back worse.

Thanks for everything Chad P. We r going to miss u this year. I hope u can come back next year. U r a class act.

Your Dick J. head coach of the Bills miami is your next opponent what do you do ? UHh run it everydown ? just kidding ,thats what the opponents gonna do.. 95 percent of there plays will be run so we stack the box this takes care of there run and there 10 yard passing attack. On offense we throw long to Lee evans Terrel Owens who is pissed cause he didnt catch any balls against the Saints parrish and the tight end who the Fins cant cover, We see Trent having a big game this week.

Last rant of the day, if this crappy play calling isn't taken care of we are in for even more trouble. Everyone wants to blame this player or that and I say that's BULL S**T. These guy were all scouted by other NFL teams that would've taken them and put them in a position to succeed. It's not like we took only the players no one else wanted and they all suck. These are players that were all conference and would've gone before or right after we picked them if the chips fell differently. Gibril Wilson was the anchor on a superbowl team so what happened? He played great for the Giants but all of the sudden he sucks? Look at the big picture, THE COACHING STAFF and coordinators are NOT PUTTING THEM IN A POSITION TO SUCCEED!! They are scared to air the ball out, they're scared to run the wildcat consistently, every time something starts working they go away from it to something that helps the other team! They allow the other team to dictate THEIR plays because apparantly they don't trust their own players, THE ONES THEY HAND SELECTED! They call one deep pass to Ginn that Penny overthrows and then scrap that idea for the rest of the game. I know, I know, the defense didn't allow them to run that play again. ALLOW US!? WTF! Tell them what your going to run and run it!! You don't let the other f***ing team tell you what plays to run, are you f***ing kidding me? Where's this toughness we're always being told about?! The players must be tough but the coaches and coordinators are allowed to run scared?!!! Also, all you Henne bashers out there give the kid a friggin chance to succeed for christs sake. He needs some time because not every QB is Flacco or Ryan. It is what it is but Tuna picked him, he didn't pick himself so why bash him and not Tuna if you don't like his play in the 0 GAMES HE HAS EVER STARTED?! The team gave up before he came in and when he got in he was running for his life most plays! Do you friggin see Ryan or Flacco having to run for their lives on every play? NO, so give the kid a chance to start a few. And hope that the o-line learns how to pass block for more than 2 quarters at a time and hope the receivers learn how to get open and actually catch the ball. If that happens then you can accurately judge his playing ability. Now f**k off and stop bothering me! :)

Donte Whitner and Leodus Mcelvin, Bills safety and cb out for game against Dolphins... this Henne chance to shine

Really....You so called Dolfans already throwing in the towel?
I agree with most, Ted Ginn cant even catch the swine flu..Hartline is a bigger camarillo..
Turner..a younger wilford? the bright side henne gets 13 games to show what he has, since this was going to be his team next year and SD was blitzing him the moment he entered, and another thing our Wr's didn t strike fear into any defense...and for those who thought the fins were a playoff team this year were smokin some good S@%t...

Ok Henne, make good of this opportunity. Please, can anyone teach Wilson, crowder and adeyle how to tackle? Ted, you have no excuses now!! Better catch the damn ball!!!

Ted catch the ball!
COME ON MAN!!!
He can't catch passes, kick returns and punt returns only

Wilford catching touchdown in Jacksonville again

You're right Jersey! Can't believe I fell for it but I'm just frustrated about the team like everyone else. Chicken(s**t) why don't you sign in under a user name so we all know who you are? What are you scared of, actually having to back up some of your opinions? Grow a pair would ya? Cuban was the first one to point out that Ginn is useless? ROFL,,,really, did he get that thought in writing because I believe there were thousands of people pissed about that pick. And while I'm at it, the ignorance of pointing out a rookie and saying he's going to be good or not is getting to be really annoying. BECAUSE,,, you have a 50/50 chance when you make a prediction like that. So if you're wrong you crawl back under your rock, and if you're right, oh boy you shout it out to the heavens as if you just discovered the cure for cancer. 'Yippy, look at me I made a prediction that had a 50 percent chance of coming true and it did, LOOK HOW SMART I AM'! I did it again Jersey! Seriously, now I'm done,,,I think.

Henne got to bye make something happen if not we need kolb or vick

Feels good to vent with other hard core fans even though it doesnt change the fact that we arent a good football team yet. On a positive note the team is improved in some areas like the offensive line. If we had a good air attack our running game would be super strong so when we improve in that area and teams have to respect our air attack they will move out of the box and the running game will shine and we will have a balanced attack that can put up points. hope this happens next year. If Henne proves to be the answer which i think he will this could happen with some real talent at rereiver and T.end.. Defense we need new LBs and saftey help we need to play Clemmens now. A Nose Tackle and a vet. shutdown corner that makes plays. also need a DE. who can get after the quarterback If we do that we will be where we need to be to make a run at the big dance..

NYScott,

i hope the idiot coachs read your posts and learn.as for last post were you talking about nj phin hiding after fasan's mess and his opionins of rookies ?

ps...i like nj phin ,he's just annoying

If Dolphins somehow go to bye week 2-3 I will feel good again.

If they henne got the job if not he's gone

man, there is some serious hate on here boy. NJ, it's cool. I don't know you and it sounds like your a Phins fan, sobe it. I like the Sopranos. cool. obviously, can't stand Penny and am tired of 10 years of no good/ great QB! You would think they would of been prepared when Marino got to be 35 years old. but hay, if you are a Phins fan and don't admit a major QB problem now and in recent memory...sobe it to! I also believe the lack of a great QB, and this managing the game mentality has not only hurt our chances of winning but is actually an embarassment. 3rd and 6 and you run the ball! c'mon. Our offensive strategy is a reflection of our offensive talent. QB...and WR.

about 9/11...calling me crazy. ok. tell me how a 50 story building, WTC 7, collapses at free fall speed with no resistance, SYMETRICALLY, with no plane hitting it and only from a few fires? and I will admit I am NUTS!


NYScott, don't even care to begin the hate with you. good luck.

What we need is vets at WR and FS SS

All you losers should read NYSCOTT's posts. He is one the few that makes any sense out of all the crap written here.

This is what we get for drafting a lineman 1st overall. What the HELL were these people thinking?Chad has been solid, but short term. Henne has talent, but he isn't a star. Then we draft Pat White for the damn Wildcat? Despite needing a playmaker receiver, AND the obviousness he brings to the playcalling when he's in the game. We shudda vied for Michael Vick. He's an idiot for what he did, but he's a proven star player who has the talent to scare defenses... Not make them chuckle. How the hell can we spend all that money on a lineman and not secure a star QB to being the "umph" back to that position after Marino? And how the hell can we then proceed to pick up another mediocre QB rather than a potential playmaking wide receiver? Why are we paying a sh!tty safety millions when he gets beat deep in a ZONE every single game? Cmon Parcels! I had hopes for u here, but this isn't a coaching issue- It's a personnel problem. Despite this, the season isn't over, but Henne has his Matt Cassel chance, and the secondary has GOT to get changed around. Otherwise There gonna be some lonely grills outside LandShark on Sundays. Plus the schedule is sick this year. All I can say is, dammit man! Get on it guys!!

I DECLARE THE BEST three PEOPLE KNOW FOOTBALL ON THIS FORM ARE ;

1-DOLPHINS FOR LIFE
2-NYScott
3-the cuban menace .ps..ted ginn

NY Scott has angry issues, i wonder if he's related to nj phin fan, for some reason anyone that doesnt agree with him is me, really NJ i only post as myself, and also you do make great points sometimes you need to let other people express there opion and if you dont agree move on buddy, why argue , lets just all get along...

Shawn, were both frustrated . The play calling as been disgusting ? I agree , The 3rd and 6 call was awful . Lets give henne the rest of the season and hope we open things up. Remember henne doesn't have much to work with at wide receiver . Ok ,that's out of the way. Now you're 9/11 conspiracy is nuts and ridiculous. Stay way from those far left lonn sites. I live 10 minutes from the WTC. I saw the 2nd plane smash into the 2nd tower with my own 2 eyes. Do you really want to be in the same boat as rosie o' donell and janine garafalo ? I hope not.

My fiance died in a kiln explosion.

Somebody on another blog had a excellent point and he used Kevin kolb as an example. Last year coming off the bench , in relief of mcnabb , kolb threw what 5 int's. The same thing happened in the 1st week of this season . Given time to prepare kolb has looked good the last 2 weekd including a 300 yard game. Of course kolb has more weapon's to work with. LOl !

Henne has never shown to have anywhere near what it takes. He is garbage...couldn't even handle throwing screens.

Put White in and let's see if he has it or not.

may the football gods bless us with another elite QB....someday soon.

picture this;

henne wins next game
ted ginn w/td
DL plays out of this world
2 INTERCEPTIONS
crowder plays great.

the dream comes back fin fans.you should support you team now.you are one game away to believe again.
come say it , i am tired of losses and i am not going to take any more .then say

GO DOLPHINS

they have no faith but I do I watched Chad for four years at Michigan I know he's going to be great it's in him no quit you saw it yesterday lets be patient I'm looking forward to next year I knew this was a throw away season got to get it right on the foundation no glitz or glamour look at the Patriots it's the foundation look at the Steelers or the Giants you want a one season wonder or to be able to fight every year.

while sanchez will crash , henne will be the hero

Hey Gopats you have to put that bottle down.

i don't drink jose

The only way we should ever put pat white in is if henne chokes and we can't get a QB by way of trade during bye week then white should go in and we should see what he can do I hope it doesn't come to that

My bad Patricia.

carlos,
let's pretend we hate each other like nj and shawn and insult the hell out of each other then we make peace like cool people .agree

Eagles have way to many QB they will dump Kolb or Vick either would work out for us

Good idea but I actually liked what you wrote. Funny stuff.

Iam shocked that NJ hasnt called shawn me....

amazing how fin fans tink of their team as killerDolphins stated that the great dolphins now looking to take the left over from the eagles.the team who had many great momments in it's history is becoming in state of panic that any crap would do in 2009.sad.

mr killer....get some pride before you post next time .

Chad Henne take us to 2-3 before bye week. He can do it! Time get chunk yardage Sparano been talking about!

Ginn should not get game check for all his 6 target no reception day this man stealing from Mr. Ross

GOpats, what? are you in 3rd grade?

cuban, how were you 100 percent sure on ted ginn and not let any one changes your mind .

can you tell me one other player in this team you are watching w/ a hawk eye ?

Davone Bess should get key to city because of what he do. He never say anything but always there to make catch and run. Shut up and play good that Davone Bess.

Gopats, Iam keeping a eye on Jason(Saturday nite fever)Taylor, thought it was a mistake taking twinkle toes back..

Cuban ,did Jason Taylor touched the football yet in these 3 games or crowder ? we know Fasano and ted ginn both touched the ball.in a funny way .

Crowder is the worst linebacker in the league, a wheel chaired Zachary Thomas would embrass crowder

Why couldn't pat white have come into the game against charge

i can tell that armando feel bad for the doplhins.after his article last week w/the coaches .even in these hard days for him and his family he acted like real tough sport writer.still he's quite lately b/c he loves his team .some times silence tells it all .

Get rid of ginny and crowder

Twinkle toes had a sack vs. the falcons..

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