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Live blog of Dolphins versus Bucs

The Dolphins have waived linebacker Mike Rivera injured.

With that blockbuster out of the way let's discuss today's game between the Bucs and Dolphins.

Let's start with the defensive backs situation. Basically, the situation is down to three names -- Nolan Carroll, Will Allen and Tyrone Culver. And it looks like only two will make the team. Today will go a long way in determining which will stay and which will go.

The way I see it, Allen looks like an odd man out right now. Even if he plays well tonight, his $1.5 million salary and the fact he hasn't really played the last 18 months puts him behind the eight ball. Because of his age and salary, the Dolphins can cut Allen and risk losing him to another team.

Because he doesn't play special teams, the chances of him getting picked up are a lot more slim than, say, either Carroll or Culver. And you can always bring him back for the veteran minimum without having to guarantee the salary for the year and also saving around $500,000 in the process.

Obviously, everything changes if Allen plays out of his mind tonight. But otherwise, he's definitely not favored to make the team.

If Allen plays great, obviously Miami can look at Carroll or even Culver. I think the more likely cut would be Carroll because Culver can play both safety, in the nickel package, and on special teams. Carroll doesn't play safety.

On to other matters:

Running back Larry Johnson is expected to play tonight. He might get between 8-12 carries. I'm curious to see if the veteran still has it. I hope he does. I like a comeback story.

But the real issue at running back is not with Johnson or even starter Reggie Bush. The issue involves rookie Daniel Thomas. I've not been impressed with Thomas so far this preseason. Don't get me wrong, I believe he's been fine. But he hasn't done anything special.

More importantly, he has taken anyone's breath away within the Dolphins coaching ranks. They are asking more of him. They welcomed the addition of Larry Johnson.

The fact is if Thomas is going to respond to a challenge, this is the time. He's on notice he must run harder. He just looked up and the team brought in an accomplished player behind him. Hello?

Time to giddyup, rookie.

Obviously, we're looking for consistency from Chad Henne after a good performance last week against Carolina.

We're looking for signs of consistency from the offensive line.

We'll monitor the final WR spot battle between Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore and the others. Wallace, because of his special teams work, has the advantage.

[Update: Reshad Jones will start ahead Chris Clemons at free safety. Jake Long will not play. Neither will Charles Clay, nor Lex Hilliard, nor Patrick Carter.]

It all gets underway at 7:30. The live blog is in the comments section. See you there.

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Did he really just call him fat?

I do not like the bubble screen.

this running game of ours does look scary however......SCARY BAD!!!!:(

No I here ya but I'm not beating any drums. Don't understand why you would begrudge me my joy over seeing Brady get hit though. You a Pats fan or something? What Dolphins fan doesn't want to see and get happy over Tom freaking Brady getting the snot beat out of him preseason or not? :)

Crap, even Polite can't get a yard

so a hold penalty on Polite and failing to gain the 1st down on a 3rd and 1...is there a reason why we should carry 2 FB's this year?

Heatfan we have the worst announcers they r all senior citizens

Stuffed. Dolphin starters on Buc starters. Pathetic.

ever seen Polite not get a yard before?

AAAALLLLL right special teams!

Not polites fault.... watch the line play!

Bush + Thomas = 0.

Polite, thanks for the memories but hit the FA market buddy.

twice last yr

NO LouD...not a pats fan at all...enjoy ur bashing all u want, I, however will just be more happy if we beat the patsies week 1....THATS WHAT COUNTS!!!

Az, yeah line play is what I meant...or lack of it.

Senior citizen is a compliment for our play-by-play commentator.

No worries IMA

They should have kept either Ricky or Ronnie and drafted an Olineman instead of Thomas. But they didn't. They shold have signed Mckinnie. But they didn't. Now they are going to have to watch the waiver wire and hope to find an answer in a guy that gets cut by somebody else.

Very true and we hired bob for radio

Will Allen 4th. of July come back!!!!!!!

well, well, well, Will Allen, we need to see more of that!

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

Link to game freezing...crap.

Def super, (psssst, I'm just hoping the Lions beat him up enough that he plays like a normal person and doesn't kill us;)

Coverage sack

Our 1s against their 2s

wow, that hurt Taylor...and unnecessary

thank you ed! I was pissed when they drafted the RB... made no sense!

Now we gotta pray for an INT or FMBL!

way to screw up a safety.

again the TE killing us

BRADY PICKED! LOL...

All team offensive success begins with the quality of play on the offensive line.

Clamoring for a new QB or a new RB or WR is just folly unitl the offensive line is up to snuff.

why was Cameron Wake having to cover him?

Let's see! Our 1st team D is losing to their 2nd team O! Hmmm

TE will kill us when wake is covering them

2nd team offense schooling fins 1st team defense

Our #1 D does not look good!

tonyinmiami...the TE play here was because we didn't have either one of our 2 ILB's on the TE...that's poor scheming.

DB,


BRADY IS YOUR DADDY ......

1st team D getting ripped. Not a good sign.

Mando, stop working on your column and say something!

Our secondary is really bad.. We are I'm trouble the first four games!!! Well it's just frustrating we are not very good in our secondary!!! I'm sorry but it's true!

big, big problem with TE coverage...

...

...AJ EDDS?

REDSKY.............BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE ..........

Detroit has a real QB.

Our guys with hands on hips...not good

Tony McDaniel getting good pressure and looking good.

Lost contain on the QB. Announcer says, 'being able to make a play with your lags at QB is just critical'.

Yeah, true that.

So Taylor goes to the Jets and comes back a punk. You lie down with dogs . . . .

SHAWN HILL IS BETER THAN STAFFORD ......... HE'S A HELL OF QB .

LIONS 27 PATS 10! LOL...

TB color man says "unless someone DRAWED Taylor offsides."

There are more flags here than at the United Nations!

that wasnt taylors fualt...the buc was on him(no pun)

Elf,
Taylor is a punk for coming to the defense of his teammate?

I dont think so.

Jim in NYC and everyone else...ENOUGH WITH THE TE COVERAGE BASHING...PROBLEM WITH LAST PLAY WAS SCHEMING. WE HAVE 2 ILB'S WHO CAN COVER TE'S. IT HAS NOT BEEN A PROBLEM THIS PRE-SEASON. STILL SOMETHING TO WATCH WHEN REGULAR SEASON BEGINS, BUT TO SAY THERE IS A PROBLEM RIGHT NOW IS SEEING SOMETHING THAT ISN'T THERE!

Tony, if there is anything I can do please call me. I'll give you a special rate.

DB,


THE PATS NEVER SHOW THEIR HANDS IN THESE CRAPPY PRESEASON GAMES .......

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