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Crowder, Ferguson out versus Patriots

The Dolphins are going to match up with Tom Brady and Co. while missing two defensive starters Sunday.

The team this evening downgraded inside linebacker Channing Crowder and nose tackle Jason Ferguson from doubtful to out. Neither will play Sunday.

Reggie Torbor is expected to start in Crowder's place for the second consecutive game. Paul Soliai is expected start in place of Ferguson.

Soliai obviously will play a majority of the snaps at nose tackle, but it is possible Randy Starks will also take nose tackle snaps in relief of Soliai. When Starks moves from his starting end spot to nose tackle, the Dolphins can use Phillip Merling or Tony McDaniel at the end spot.

The Dolphins have yielded an average of 168 rushing yards in games Crowder was out going back to 2007 . Last week the Jets rushed for 127 yards in a game Crowder missed.

The Dolphins also waived William Kershaw this evening. Kershaw was signed two weeks ago to play on special teams. Apparently he didn't play well enough as the club today promoted rookie J.D. Folsom from their practice squad. Folsom will play on special teams Sunday.