BOSTON -- It is a beautiful day here today. Sunny. Temps in the high 50s. Great football weather.
The Dolphins are clear 10 1/2-point underdogs to the Patriots and that status was multiplied exponentially Saturday when the Dolphins announced neither Jason Ferguson (elbow) nor Channing Crowder (shoulder) will play against New England.
Crowder is missing his second consecutive game. Ferguson is out for the first time this season. Left tackle Matt Light, who last year infamously fought with Crowder, also is out today.
The fact of the matter is the Dolphins haven't been as fortunate with injuries as they were last year. Last year, you may recall, the team lost Donald Thomas early and later lost Justin Smiley. But Miami was otherwise able to manage inconsequential bumps and bruises.
Starting quarterback Chad Pennington, starting tight end David Martin, starting cornerback Will Allen, and Patrick Cobbs are already on injured reserve. And they still have nine games to play. Guess the law of averages are starting to catch up to Miami.
While you're waiting for kickoff today, I suggest you check out my column in today's Miami Herald. It discusses Ted Ginn and what we have seen from him in the past after games when he's played really well. Last week, by the way, Ginn lit up the Jets.
Some consistency in following that performance up with a nice one today would be welcome.
I'll have the inactives and any pregame news as we get closer to game time.
And, of course, you know the LIVE BLOG, discussing plays as they happen, starts here 1-4 p.m. during the game today.
[UPDATE: The inactives are Kory Sheets, Channing Crowder, Andrew Gardner, Lydon Murtha, Patrick Turner, Jason Ferguson, Tyler Thigpen (3rd QB) and Quentin Moses.]