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The injury roundup from a very costly victory

So to recap Sunday's episode of M*A*S*H:

Starting quarterback Chad Pennington suffered a serious right shoulder separation and is all but done for the season.

Backup quarterback Chad Henne suffered a left knee injury that may have included a partial dislocation of his knee cap. It is serious. But it is not necessarily season ending. Henne went for an MRI Sunday evening but was not told the results. He is holding out hope he can play again at some point this season. His status for the game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday is doubtful.

The Dolphins are expected to sign, not one, but two -- count 'em -- two quarterbacks as early as today. That will be even if Henne is not done for the season.

The bottom line is the team needs two healthy players behind Tyler Thigpen so they were contacting a handful of players Sunday. Among the throwers Dolphins considered: Patrick Ramsey, JaMarcus Russell, Tom Brandstater, Todd Bouman, Sean Canfield, Brian St. Pierre.

Me? I'm wondering why not Jeff Garcia? I'm wondering why not Daunte Culpepper? Both are playing in the UFL, so they're in shape. Both would require buy-outs from that league. So? Is the rest of the Dolphins season worth $250,000 or not?

Back to the injuries:

Jake Long suffered a shoulder dislocation. It is serious. He played with the injury Sunday. He hopes he can continue to play with the injury. That is not a certainty. He will go for an MRI this morning to see if there is any structural or nerve damage. He is neither absolutely done for the season nor absolutely available.

Cameron Wake suffered a hip injury. He missed much of the second half. After the game he was moving without any apparent difficulty. But he was in some discomfort as he dressed. He declined to talk about the injury, which should get him some sort of prize from the team. He is not done for the season so it's not as serious as some of the other injuries. But his status for Chicago is questionable at best.

Chris Clemons came into the game with an assortment of bumps and bruises but the biggest issue is his left knee. He missed much of the second half on Sunday. It is not serious in that he's not done for the season. His status would probably be questionable if the Dolphins played Sunday. But because they play again Thursday, the Dolphins might need to get comfortable with the idea of rookie Reshad Jones starting at free safety.

Yeremiah Bell is still slowed by some sort of foot/toe injury. He finished the game, but he is visibly slowed. He is trying to tough it out and has been for a couple of weeks now.

 

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