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Thursday afternoon's Dolphins happenings

With Joey Porter missing his second straight day of practice this week and third dating back to last Friday, the media is focused in on Cameron Wake now.

It is understandable because Wake is interesting, Wake is a fan favorite and Wake might the future. But listening to coach Tony Sparano and defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni talk today, I don't get the feeling Wake is going to see a ton more action that what we've been seeing of late.

Pasqualoni and even Jason Taylor mentioned the name Dwight Freeney when comparing Wake's body type and speed to the Pro Bowl Indianapolis player. But as Taylor noted, "I wasn't putting him in the company yet, I was just explaining the difference in body types."

Sparano: "My sense would be that when [Wake] is in the game, he factors at what he does. He played 10 plays a week ago, had two opportunities where he ran by the quarterback and hit the quarterback once. That was his 10 plays. Some of it been really good, some of it has been uneventful.

"Meaning (he) hasn’t had opportunities or even when he has been out there and had the opportunity, just didn’t have the opportunity. The ball is out fast or whatever the case is, any of those types of things. Doing a good job of what we are asking him to do right now and he is coming along as a linebacker.”

Sparano went on to explain that Wake is part of a certain defensive package and it isn't up to the defense to dictate when that package is used, but rather, it's up to the offense and the down and the distance. So until Wake graduates from that package, he likely isn't getting a whole lot more snaps than he currently is.

The Dolphins got good news today when Taylor (shoulder) returned to practice. Nathan Jones (hamstring) and Jake Grove (ankle) also practiced but only on a limited basis.

If you read this blog, you know that Taylor has been used differently of late than he was earlier this year. He is often coming out of games on nickel and dime situations, which is interesting because he's the NFL active career sack leader and Miami's career sack leader.

But Taylor had a tough month from late October to November as he didn't get a sack. Perhaps that had something to do with Miami's use of a OLB rotation. Maybe the fact none of Miami's other OLBs can defend against the run very well and Taylor can is the reason JT is in on early downs and has been sidelined on rush down.

I don't know. But this is clear. Even though he isn't complaining about not getting more chances to turn quarterbacks into ground beef, Taylor obviously would prefer to be in there on passing downs. That was clear when he was asked what he thinks of his play the last month.

“The last month of the season? I don’t know what our record is," JT said. "Me personally, it’s been different. It's been a little different. But I do what I’m called on to do -- plug me in where you need me, and I’ll do what I’m told.”

Finally, the Dolphins added cornerback Evan Oglesby to the roster. He fills the spot created by the placing of OL Lydon Murtha on the injured reserve list. Murtha was injured his ankle on the final play of Wednesday's practice, according to coach Tony Sparano.

The team didn't expect the issue to be a big deal until MRI results Thursday revealed a problem.

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chero ?

Philo,

Come on man, the singer's name is Cher and add "ino". What does it spell?

Yes!!

Would love J Cribbs in Orange and Teal!

Josh Cribbs as a Dolphin? Any thoughts?

browns already have seven sacks on ben, we should roll.

AHHHH ! Willi Cher - ino

Inspector I got the answer.

Movie is Free Willy
Sonny and Cher
Cher add ino if hispanic.
The fool's name is Willy Cherino.

no slayton the rest of season another plus.

Congratulations Philo Beddo you beat Philo Dough to the answer. You both posted at the same time, but you beat him to the buzzer.
WILLY CHERINO is the answer. Your prize: You do not want to be a foolish buffoon like this guy. OMG he is going to erase.........

The League, and the Refs, will not allow the Steelers to be eliminated from playoff contention this early, especially by the Browns.

Expect more dubious calls.

the steelers just expect flags their so used to it they stand there and wait like their surprised. almost as if they beleive their the pats, wtf.

If the Steelers win this game I will be so mad I might hunt down Mike Tomlin and eat chocolate syrup off his stomach.

righto--they expect the Refs to do their bidding,and conversely, they expect to never get flagged for their thuggishness. The call last wknd vs the safety who creamed the Oak. wr was the exception that proved the rule....a rare call vs them because it was so blatant even refs could not ignore it.

This game is not over yet by a long shot-----watch for a PI or roughing call this drive.

This why I watch football naked!!!!

stillers to tie it up as time expires....count on it, & then they win a fixed coin toss

ALoco likes to watch naked so he can go for it on 4th and inches (2in). LMFAO 2x

easy callay or I will eat some christmas ham off your stomach in a few weeks. yeah tough guy you got nothing for that.

ALoco you ever see movie Free Willy?
Do you like sonny and cherino?

whats with the gay references

Mike Tomlin looks like a bank robber with that black face, and the hood doesn't help either

Steelers lose

Steelers lose

ALoco would you say that if he had a white face? LOL

no, why?

Frank , what does your crying arse have to say now ? Steelers lose. Go cry be a river with all your complaining about the refs..

Damn right. Steelers 6-7..

I Believe!!

Go Phins

Good for Fins! Good in the standings.....and an Omen that things are going to break our way!

O men, where?

Sunday is HUGE!!! Go Fins!!!

"Glad I came here tonight. Somebody impersonated me and I emailed Armando and he has promised to erase that person."

Who is this? Clue: A whale of latin descent.

Now we need the Panthers to mail the Patsies and of course we will beat the Jag offs!

ese carajito will go to bed easy knowing someone was erased. WHAT an IDIOT.

Tito you got Mando to answer your email? Wow you must be somebody, he never answers my emails or post questions.

H8dpats, not about me. It is someone else who said it. A pathetic FOOL.

Just childish I guess, that's why I didn't believe he actually answered a fan with an issue.

Tito , Funny i did the same thing. Mando said he's going to erase everybody on here except me.

OH NO you are impersonating HIM. The little hispanic man will get mad at you and demand that you be ERASED. hahahahahaha

lets go seahawks,lions, chiefs, colts, panthers, bucs, fins, rams, cowboys, lol!!!! anythings poss.

Only one time,,,let me be myself,,so i can shine,,,in my own life,,,let me be myself...hmm,,hmm,,,hmm,,hmmmmm

Manny Frnandez
Caveman

Go Phins!

"Glad I came ....here tonight. Somebody impersonated me ....and I emailed Armando and he has promised to erase that person......let me be myself....hmmm,, hmmmm,,hhmmmmm"

Willy Cherino

Go fins

please if you have me ( mando ) , let me be myself . Just one time ( all of you ) let be myself

Ese Ocho Cinco es un Pinche Guey!

Pancho Villa


Go Phins!

Pittsburg slipped opening some more doors for Our boys let's beat jax!! Go FINS

For all of those who keep talking about the mistake of letting Roth go I have to ask what was he doing for the Fins? The guy was not happy and was not preforming. It was an issue from the start of the season and he continued it once he got in the game. If a player want do his job it is time to ris yourself of him. I like Roth but it was very obvious that he no longer wished to be a Dolphin for whatever reason. It showed on the field and I do not believe he would have changed. He is a hell of a player when he wants to be but he did not want to be a good player in Miami.

nj faked aloco all last night .good job plumber .

It will be a tough game, but I think we will grind it out like last week. The caoching staff will give Henne a chance to air it out again against the Jags poor secondary and I think the results will be very good. The Jags are 5-1 at home but they haven't beaten anyone of note..Chiefs,Rams,Titans,Bills,Texans. We are better then all of those teams, and we are better than the Jags. Phins 23 Jags 20

Joe, That is interesting what you say about Roth. I did not see that. I thought he did not get much playing time. He sure got some last night. With JP and JT beat up, and with JAX having a good running game and not great passing game, I think we need the Roth I saw last night. I guess you must be right, but it looks like Phins will miss that talent and could use it NOW.

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