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Will Allen's knee exam turns into surgery

Somebody once told me there are no routine surgeries. Then that person put the mask over my mouth and off to sleep I went before I had knee surgery about a decade ago.

Well, on Thursday coach Tony Sparano made it seem like cornerback Will Allen had a routine trip to the doctor to have his surgically repaired knee examined. I didn't buy it, saying it was bad news. Anytime a player needs to go back for a look-see of a knee that was reconstructed the previous season, it sounds ominous.

And now The Herald's Jeff Darlington is reporting the news is indeed not good if you consider Allen may be out the entire preseason because he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery today.

The surgery is not believed to be serious enough to keep Allen from playing in 2010. But ..

One never knows and so the Dolphins now must prepare as if Jason Allen is now the No. 3 cornerback. Rookie Nolan Carroll, who has flashed excellent ball skills in practice, also will get more repetitions going forward.

The Allen injury is not terrible if he is able to be full speed by the second week of the season. In the season opener, the Dolphins can probably get by against Buffalo with their current contingent of corners. But the following week and for several games forward, Miami faces teams that can throw three-wide and four-wide packages on the field with good talent.

So while the idea is to have Allen back by Sept. 12, the more important date by which Miami seriously needs all cornerback hands on deck is Sept. 19 when the string of games versus Minnesota, New York, New England, Green Bay, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati begins.