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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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Moore time??!!!

"bummer", Henne's play is not our problem.

Dan,
unless you have not been watching, covering TE's has been a major problem for the last several years.

It remains a problem until they can show otherwise.

Yeh, you're right. Taylor was defensing his bro. I guess he feels he has to prove his loyalty after his treason going to the HATED JETS.

ALOCO, thank you for welcoming to that esteemed group of us with IQ's over 10, and drool cups in place!!!

penalties...penalties....PENALTIES....HOW many More!!!!

IMAWriter,

Some people just have tunnel vision. Haters will hate.

Aloco

Please remember to add LOL to the end of your posts when talking to DB.

Thank You.

Somebody needs to talk to these officials, ridiculous

Oregon is correct here. We had looked better before tonight. I just think, as was said the D is having a bad play-calling day.

If Moore gets us a TD, it shouldn't change the fact that Henne held his own tonight. It's the penalties that have killed us both sides of the ball.
ah ha, another one.

I love our ole offensive line

I dont think JT has to prove anything to anyone.

Probably a 1st ballot hall of fame'r.

He has always played that way.

JT did the right thing, in my opinion!

wow, team getting sloppier and sloppier. Perhaps they should just end the game now and head out the door. Either that or they need to get their heads surgically removed from their butts.

just get henne out of the game already......GEEZ!!!

And another...penalty...that is NOT Henne's fault.
It's the Murtha effect.

Mando what's up with the O line?

The OL will be better when Long returns, but that right side is a mess.

Let Henne be done for the night, lest he lose his confidence. That O line is atrocious.

This getting embarassing. The offense can't move against backups

Missing

Miami Dolphins Oline. If anyone has any information regarding its whereabouts, please contact us immediately.

Maybe if the Oline puts some hair around the hole Thomas can find it!!!

IMA,

the buffering still every 10 sec for you too?

Dam thats annoying.

No blocking when they are not being penalyzed!

Get Shaun O'Hara NOW!

Mando is like the OL. He is missing in action

I do not see the need to keep Henne out there. For what? So he can realize exactly how little time the OL is going to give him? To expose him to an injury? To get him hit a couple of times?

1st team offense needs to come back out. They need to leave on a high note. Doesn't matter who the Buc's have out there. Miami O-Line looks horrible.

Dan, it's called Cranial Rectal Inversion!!!!

Does anyone know if J Long's injury really is from the pre-season last year?

That's a story for you Armando, If you can break it.

yeah, but it's better than nothing. Shouldn't complain.

Backup D are in

ARMANDO .... BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE ................

Is this o-line coach we have worth a damn? O-line has gotten worse and worse with this clown!

Oregon- my buffering is lousy too.

NEWS FLASH:

BUCS HAVE A GOOD DEFENSE. THINK SOME OF YOU TAKING THE FLUKE DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE AGAINST NEW ENGLAND AS HIGHLY EXAGGERATED NEWS OF THIER DEMISE.

We are averaging 0.7 yard per rush.

put in Larry Johnson.....oops penalty

Hats off to Henne tonight. He played well considering the lack of support.

we are averaging 5.5 yards in penalties per play!!!

Armando-

What do you think the OL needs, besides Long back in the lineup?

mando usually writes his column about now.

O-line blows!!! Sign O'hara for guard and move Carey back to tackle. What exactly did Sparano mean when he said they knew what they were getting in Colombo?!?!

Should be an easy article to write OL sucks

Officials must be getting OVERTIME pay tonight!!!

Hats off to Henne tonight. He played well considering the lack of support.

Posted by: Angry Elf

IMO that has been the story of his whole career.

Played well not saying great, obviously.

That's called MULTI-TASKING...

U do understand Ohara has been available for weeks and he is still unemployed

The bell tolls for Livas.

I agree. We know what we have with Henne. Play Moore.

wow....QB issues???...are we gonna have any qbs left after tonight???

buffering every second now.

ALoco-

The Buffet of Knowledge leaves me still hungry!

Not worried about the penalties. More about how Tampa's defence manhandled our O-line.

Oregon, Henne did play great tonight, didn't he?

finsfan72:

What do you think the OL needs, besides Long back in the lineup?
Very Simple----GOD----

Oh, you mean Sparano the OL GURU!?

14 rushes for 10 yards.

Thought Gates had a groin injury... If not him, then who are Dolphins hoping will be ready for opener?

Mastrud will be unemployed come monday

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