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Dolphins go into the bye weekend a day early

The Dolphins have finished their work for the bye weekend. Coach Tony Sparano told the players today that they are off Friday (unexpectedly) as well as Saturday and Sunday.

The team is scheduled to gather again Monday to begin preparations for the Oct. 17 game at Green Bay.

Sparano was in a good mood today, saying the players had, "two of the practice practices in a long time," on Thursday and Friday.

Sparano's message to the team the past couple of days has been that not all is lost following consecutive home losses to division rivals New York and New England and that the season isn't over yet. "they understand there's a lot of football left," he said.

Interesting that although there is no injury report for the Dolphins this week because they are not playing, Sparano said today that Channing Crowder has made "progress the last couple of days," suggesting there might be a light at the end of the dark tunnel of inactivity the inside linebacker has been in.

Crowder has not play at all in the 2010 regular season. Sparano at one point mentioned the moment when Crowder does eventually return so obviously he's not thinking injured reserve at this point.