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Ronnie out, Porter in versus Panthers

Running back Ronnie Brown will not play versus Carolina on Thursday, according to head coach Tony Sparano. Sparano also said linebacker Joey Porter will play against the Panthers and the coach thinks the linebacker "will start," against the Panthers.

That's what is happening inside the Dolphins at this hour:

Porter, the subject of a Chris Mortensen report in which the ESPN information man said the linebacker will not play against Carolina Thursday, was asked by the Herald's David J. Neal if he saw the report Monday night.

"Yeah, I saw the report," Porter told Neal. "I got no comment on that."

Sparano had a definitive comment. I asked him if there was any doubt in his mind whether Porter would play and Sparano said, "No."

So Porter plays despite a Mortensen report to the contrary.

A Dolphins In Depth report from yesterday that Brown would not play is correct, meanwhile, because Brown went to see a foot specialist today and isn't playing Thursday.

Running back Ricky Williams, expected to start for the Dolphins at running back because Brown is out, agreed to speak to the media for the first time in several weeks today. The reason he agreed is because he was told by the Dolphins if he did not cooperate with the media, he risked being fined.

So Williams complied. Sort of.

The interview:

Q. How does Ronnie's situation impact you workload if he can't go?

A. "Obviously I have to carry the ball a little bit more."

Q. And that would include the Wildcat and taking on that role?

A. "I don't know what the coaches are going to do about it."

Q. Ricky you've always said you're happy sharing time, how do you feel about stepping in and being the guy again. Feel like you can do that?

A. "Yeah."

Q. Well, how do you feel about it?

A. "It's my job right now."

Q. Do your legs feel fresh for the second half compared to the past when you carried the load?

A. "We'll find out."

Q. Ricky, how good would it be to get a victory within the span of such a short period of time.

A. "We're here to win games so I think every game is important we always try to get a win."

Q. Ricky, you've said before you prefer not to throw out of ...

A. "Alright, I'm done. Thank you, guys."

Terrible questions, I know. Thankfully, I didn't ask any of them. And I know you guys will always side with the player over the media, although you depend on the media to give you a view of the players.

But, seriously, does one have to be a total jerk to people trying to do their jobs? It's not like someone asked Williams if he's thought about quitting on the team lately. It's not like someone brought up his multiple positive drug tests.

One thing I can share. Williams is brilliant and does this on purpose. He told a Palm Beach Post reporter earlier this year that he intended to be a jerk to the media this year. Asked why, Williams responded because he wanted to stay out of the newspapers.

So this episode was hardly spontaneous. Williams planned his demeanor, sweetheart that he is.

In other news: Anthony Fasano (hip) didn't practice Tuesday. Justin Smiley (shoulder), Paul Soliai (ankle), Erik Walden (hamstring) and Gibril Wilson (hamstring) were limited in practice.

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Armando...there are times I love your blogg and times I find you down right embarrassing. The point is, in order to know which, I first must read the blogg. It's abject stupidity for anyone to say "IF you don't like it, don't read it".

People do not have to all be the same so journalists will know how to deal with them. It's the ability to prepare for, and conduct meaningful interviews, that separates the pros from the pretenders.

Those of us who applaud the return of a "lost soul" absolutely love Ricky and want the best for him. And we demand fair play. I wasn't there to hear the tone of his answers so no comment about that. But, the content of his anwers, to what seemed like pretty mundain questions look appropriate.


Accept it Armando, nobody owes you anything. You have to earn it. Your readers have given you at least 15 really good ideas for where you could be spending time to try and get us news about what we think is important. Go do it. I promise you this, if your readers have to chose beween Ricky and you, you will lose. But, use your position fairly and you will both win.

The only important thing about that interview was that Ricky did not divulge any game plan details.He handled it correctly: Say nothing.Leave quickly.

The shocking thing to me is that Ricky Williams is really being threatened by the front office with his job? If it is in his contract he should talk, but if I didn't want to do it but was forced to or get fired, I would not only give a lousy interview, I would also be a very disgruntled employee. If this is how management is with employees, I am shocked and can't imagine players will want to play for this organization. Horrible people skills!!!!

Posted by: aqua and orange | November 17, 2009 at 02:54 PM

AquaandOrange,

Its not the front office that would possibly fine Ricky, its the NFL league office.

Armando stated as such in a previous blob mentioning the Nfl league office require players to be accessible to the media.

Dying, I think you are right, it is the league that mandates this. If I were forced to answer mando's questions I would pretend to slip on the floor and head butt him hard.

Armando how do you put up with all these nuts?

Whew! I'm glad this is all Armando found to write about. Otherwise, I would have to come up with a meaningful and pithy comment.

That not being the case, I will comment on the weather in Canton, GA:

The weather today in Canton, Georgia was overcast with occasional patches of sun, interspersed with periods or light drizzle. Temperatures ranged from the low 50's to high 60's with a wind speed of 5mph from the northwest. Although conditions were not ideal for golf, my brother-in-law did manage to shoot a 100 (that dirty dog).

It's over if Dolphins don't win.

Run the table afterwards? Close to impossible.

Ricky Williams, who suffered from a social anxiety disorder, is less than forthcoming on information that will only benefit the opposition and your desire for a story and you label him a "jerk" twice. Creative and empathetic to his situation. Dolphin beat writer Fail.

OR... Did you ever consider the fact that Ricky suffers from a Anxiety Disorder and has an intense fear of speaking in to the public??????????

Come on Mando.. I'm sure you took Intro to Psychology Class back in college...

Ricky can do his "talking" by "walking and running" over the Panthers. Still a fan of RW and look for more Wildcat with Pat and Ricky. With the exception of Week One the MD games have been entertaining and competitive, I believe that Tony and Bill have done a great job keeping this team together while in the midst of major rebuilding of team on the field, and with vibrant new ownership. This is a tough schedule and I thought 9-7 would be a great record considering talent on the field and the schedule.

Hey, give Ricky a break, it's a short week, so therefore, the answers were "short."

Some of you people miss the point. Armando is my eyes and ears on the Dolphins. I trust him to talk to people and get information and tell me what's what and who's who.

On Tuesday, Ricky Williams was clearly acting a fool. Mando calls him out for it.

I HAVE NO FRIGGAN PROBLEM WITH THAT. GOOD JOB ARMANDO!

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