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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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Got my HD back, man I love my 65" flatscreen!

Who was impostering Mandy?

Even I can throw a jump ball to my #WR.

I love the fact that Mike Nolan is throwing every look and blitz at TB.

Mondo why is Vonte Davis playing special teams???

Is Personal?

Its daboll too!!! The pass to Fasano showed maturity because he audibled!!!
Im impressed with Henne so far!! Doesn't look robotic anymore!!!!

Burnette not filling well against the run. Keep an eye on him.

Run by Bush, lose of 3. 2nd and 13 Phins.

Michael Bennett is killing Colombo. Sack. Tackle for loss in two series.

I have no issue with the fact, but plays can only be made against the competition available, and who is to say Talib prevents the pass.

Run by Bush, gain of 3. 3rd and 12 Phins

That's the Henne I know.

Sack and Fumble, Bush recovers, 4th down, Punt coming

They are eating Vernon Carey up

These O-Lineman need too wake up!!

Henne's problem is he has small hands.

jared odrick really had the pressure on that last 3rd down play, though wake got the call. jared came right over the center and blew the play up.

See, Vernon Carey is not a Guard.

What's up with the sacks? I can't see game only nfl.com gametime.

Colombo is trash.... New right tackle please

Henne did not have time, and did not notice the player coming from his backside.

Bucs put on a lot of pressure this series.

1st and 10 Bucs, from their 49

Where are the Henne fans now? Where are youooooo??

That was on Columbo.....

Mando when long is back could we see murtha at right takle

COLUMBO...):

He blew the assignment??

Was that columbo???? For god sakes!

#76 just stands there and looks at the fumble. Do you teach fumble recovery in practice, Sparano?

Dying it is to early for that.

Colombo is not impressing me nor is lydon

Chad only has one year as a starter. He is learning and will get better.

Dakota Watson's sack was also against Colombo.


HENNE HATERS CHAD HAS A MESSAGE FOR YOU:

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

Posted by: DyingBreed | August 27, 2011 at 08:01 PM

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Looks like the Bucs first team is Henne and the O-line's daddy.

Where are the Henne fans now? Where are youooooo??

Posted by: DyingArrogance | August 27, 2011 at 08:09 PM


Suck it, Jet trash!

nice play by Misi. 2nd and 10 Bucs.

Chad has good pocket presence, but he needs an offensive line that can block.

Dave, I didn't say Talib would or would not make the play. I didn't say anything other than Biggers is a backup to Talib.

The shouldn't upset anyone's sensitivities.

Incomplete pass Freeman to Winslow. 3rd and 10

Mando, COLUMBO is THE weak link in that chain....the coaches can't see that?


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

Posted by: DyingArrogance | August 27, 2011 at 08:03 PM
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Yep...they are already doing up his bust in Canton.

just imagine if jake long was playing. all would be well.

Seriously, Burnette is getting handled one on one.

Dolphins will have 12 men on the field.

Davis on the blitz, incomplete pass 4th and 10 Bucs. Punt coming

Langford got a good hit

Chad playing flawless. That last play was due to Hennings evil influence on him.

yep Armando is correct.

Offsetting penalties, Holding on Bucs, to many men on the field Phins, re kick

I would think after three season Tony could play with just 11 players instead of 12.

1st and 10 Miami on their 12.

in same drive Carey is a step slow allowing Bush to get drilled in the backfiled for a loss, and then Columbo gets beat for a sack with Carey also struggling. Right side of line looks pathetic. Someone get Shaun O'Hara on line 1...

Time for a 10 play drive

Good run by Bush, but Holding on Polite.
1st and 20 Miami

is polite going to make the team?

Run by Bush 1yd gain. 2nd and 19 Miami

So much for that JUGS machine video.

Reggie ain't trying to get blasted on Henne's checkdown BS.

Screen pass setup, but Bush drops the ball, ready to run to early. 3rd and 15 Miami.

Yeh but that was a bullet, no touch

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