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The injury picture clarifies a bit for Dolphins

The injury news filtering out of the Dolphins today is better than most folks thought and definitely better than some media reported yesterday.

To recap:

Chad Pennington is indeed out for the season with a right shoulder injury. That was reported by everyone, including the Miami Herald yesterday. Coach Tony Sparano confirmed that today.

"At this particular time it looks like Chad Pennington's injury is going to be long-term," Sparano said.

Pennington will be placed on injured reserve as early as tonight and no later than Tuesday. It is expected that free agent quarterback Patrick Ramsey will take his spot on the roster by Tuesday.

[Update: ESPN is now reporting the Ramsey signing as fact.]

The news is better everywhere else.

Chad Henne spent this morning and afternoon getting treatment on his left knee and is hopeful he can be ready to play again at some point this season. He hasn't even been ruled out from being available for Thursday's game against Chicago, although that is a seriously optimistic view of things.

As to the idea Henne can play again this year, Sparano said, "This year? Yes. I'm hopeful."

"I'm proceeding under the assmption that we are day-to-day."

Sparano suggested there is a possibility Henne might take some repetitions at practice starting Tuesday.

I asked Sparano directly if the report that said Henne is likely out for the year is inaccurate?

"I would say at this particular time that is not accurate," Sparano said.

The reporter who wrote that article chimed in "more than likely," apparently not realizing that "more than likely" is stronger than simply "likely" because it is, well, more. Sparano apparently got a kick from that.

"You notice how nice I said that, Armando?" he asked. "I noticed the little back-biting."

Anyway, we move to more facts.

Cameron Wake, who sustained a hip injury Sunday, is apparently fine, according to The Herald's Jeff Darlington. He was sent home with aspirin and an ice pack and is expected to play Thursday, Darlington reports. So that's good.

As for Jake Long, the offensive left tackle that is nursing a dislocated shoulder, the coach is being coy about his status. I'm told the team is hopeful Long can play Thursday although that is asking a lot from him, including going on the field against the likes of Julius Peppers with, basically, one arm tied to his side.

"Jake is a pretty tough guy," Sparano said, "We'll see where we go."

Offensive linemen Pat McQuistan and Lydon Murtha have both worked at left tackle this year and would be available if Long cannot start or finish the game Thursday. Sparano said he played "in and out a few times, mostly in," against the Titans after the injury happened.

The Dolphins will release an injury report this evening.

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