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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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Ok, BobbyD, Henne too!!!!!

boom henne to marshall td

Did the safety drop?

Henne to Marshall... TD!!!!

TD Play is under review.

That's his main Man.

Nice stiff arm.

3 step drop and sack. 5 step drop and TD.

I wonder if the coaches can learn something from that?

Deep pass on the money. This is a good sign. Grow up false poster ladt

WHUT???? Beast!!!!!!!

What a great throw and catch. Man that looked wonderful. Lets go fins

I'm strokin it without the condom now!!! Ooooooh baby Henne!

This is what we needed!!!!

Play to your talent!!!

Any good links to watch online?

Play stands, TD Miami.


Great play by marshall, but I must tell you EJ Biggers is playing in that situation because Aqib Talib is out tonight.

Man, heck of a storm here in Miami Lakes, I had to switch from HD to analog! Crap! Hope my direct tv stays on....

Firstrowsports.eu works.

all scoring plays reviewed, coach. but appreciate the opportunity to see it a few more times, lol.

Thanks Mando for putting it all in perspective.


Go to NFL.com and you can buy all the preseason games. $12.00 I bought it week 1. Worth it.

Off color remarks not mine. Someone grow up

You got to like that Henne threw that pass after getting sacked a couple of plays before. Shows no fear.

seen enough?

nice 1 henne+bm

ready to eat sept 12th

15yd unsportsmen like conduct on Bucs because you cannot challenge a TD play. Miami will kick from the 50.

Let's talk about how Henning and not being able to audible had no effect on Henne's play!! Unleashed Henne = different QB

Way to keep glass 1/2 empty Mando!!!



PASS RIGHT ON THE FREAKING MONEY!!!!!!!!LOL.....................................

To early for that Bobby, IMO.


Mando, C'mon Man, don't put a damper on that TD by playing Devil's advocate! Enjoy the moment guys!

this is a much more aggressive and effective offense than some people were expecting. beautiful throw and catch.

exactly right robbyhernz

heh heh, DyingBreed is in mid-season form already

armando if henne continues like this i expect a good write up :-)

Sorry I'm late folks! I'm here to guide you. Please follow me now!

You got to like that Henne threw that pass after getting sacked a couple of plays before. Shows no fear.

Posted by: Armando Salguero | August 27, 2011 at 07:57 PM

He should have thrown it. It sounds like Marshall was 1 on 1. Not watching but listening. Is that not the play to make given Marshall is a top 5 WR? Shouldn't he give his #1 WR the benefit of the doubt in 1 on 1?

Gain of 1, 2nd and 9

Swallowing is high in protein. I'm game.

Firstrow guys is in HD if u can't watch the game


WHO'S YOUR DADDY CREAM PUFF BIATCHES!!!!!!!!!! LOL.............................

Blount runs for 4. 3rd and 5

Solia seems to be overpursuing

You got to like that Henne threw that pass after getting sacked a couple of plays before. Shows no fear.

Posted by: Armando Salguero | August 27, 2011 at 07:57 PM

Dan Henning was a joke!!!!! Henne >>>>> Sanchez

C'mon D, fumble or INT would be good!

I hate this new kickoff rule. we don't want the other team on the 20. we want them on the 2. kickers should be fined for touchbacks.

Man I am really liking what I'm seeing from Kevin Barnett so far.

No Allen on nickel!!! Bye-bye Allen..

incomplete, goor pressure from the D. 4th and 5 Bucs, punt coming up.

You should know better than to impersonate other people while I'm here. Got your ip address. Know who you are. deleted your comments.

Do it again, you'll be banned.

DEF!!!! NICE!!!

JT's legs look young!!

Holding on the Phins, Reshard Jones.

Henne completed a pass in PreSeason. You see! I told you. I TOLD YOU. Henne MVP here we goooooo.... you doosh haters. LOL...

1st and 10 Phins.

Dave, robbyhenz, what I wrote about Biggers is FACT.

If FACTS bother you and you think they are glass half empty moments, you're probably in the wrong place.

Jason T. is having an impact early boys and girls.

That Burnett must have a shining Bulb.

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