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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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Touchback, Miami ball on the 20

grf, In the regular season we will post every quarter just like last year.

Preseason done this way, because I'm on deadline to write a column also.

TE problem, Mando? Winslow has 2 rec for 18yds...the prob is poor angles and poor tackling, allowing what should have been a 5-10 yd catch by Blount to cost them a FG and 50 yds.

Could they have afforded Zack Miller?

If so...then they should have signed him.
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Thanks

I like the fact that...that, well, that...uh, let me get back to you.

missed passes by freeman result of good d-line pressure.

WOODHEAD GETS WOULD LAID TO HIM LIONS LB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL...

nick... Um... Left Tackle is the missing piece! Jake Long isn't playing.

I agree on good pass rush from wake but I'm telling you guys he is the only one that's a true pass rusher!!! JT has lost a step but he has a little left not the 5 years ago JT.... What's up with Odrick not pass rush from him and Misi... I might be over reacting but it's a concern guys...because when regular season starts they know how wake is and they going to double team him!!! Watch and see.

john lynch, can you tell us your opinion on the dakota watson forced fumble, and what you think it means for the tampa bay buccaneers momentum?

Go henne

I'm thinking they might move Murtha to right tackle once Long is playing

Dan, I don't have the stats in fron of me, but I think TEs have caught more passes versus Miami D this preseason than WRs.

Pass to Hartline for 12, but penalty on the play. Illegal formation.

To many penalties

BRADY SEEING LOTS OF GREEN TONIGHT BUT IT AINT MONEY!!!!!! LOL...

lol Jim in NYC

Nice throw under pressure

Man I cant wait to see Long back in the line up because we need him every game.

I agree, Mando, that TE's have been a perennial problem...I just don't see that as a prob tonight.

Anyone else miss Justin Smiley?

Not that it means anything this early but I have the Pats/Lions game on as well and the Pats o-line looks horrible. Offense is struggling and Brady is getting pounded.

1st and 15 Phins, pass to Fasano, for 8. 2nd and 7

As I said before, too many penalties, Fasano, nice catch!

BRADY HIT IN POCKET AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! LOL....

man, henne looks sharp tonight.

incomplete pass to gates, 3rd and 7 phins

Armando

So is that a good sign for the corners that they can't pass to WRs or a bad sign that we can't cover TEs?

Brandon held

LIONS ALL OVER BRADY TONIGHT!!!!!!!!! LOL

I like gates! Potential, good call on Biggers!

Pass INT on the Bucs. 1st and 10 Phins

Brandon Marshall is schooling Biggers.

PI on Biggers at the Miami 45.

Pass Interference

We'll take it!
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watching Miami actually use Marshall well this year is going to make a HUGE difference. Marshall is making his presence felt tonight.

Wow, Henne standing in tonight. He's showing me something.

ARMANDO,


I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE PROCESS OF WHICH YOU PICK YOUR ARTICLES HEADLINE ....


(( BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE ))...HOW DID YOU MANGE TO MARRY THESE 2 WORDS..BUFFET AND KNOWLEDGE ?

I haven`t seen the # for our running game thru the 1st half but they can`t be anything to write home about.

Nothing I love more than seeing Miami looking good and new England looking bad

What happened on the Gates pass? Was it a bad pass or bad route?

Check down to Bush for 12, 1st and 10 Phins

POOR TACKLING KILLING LIONS. BRADY WOULD BE OFF THE FIELD BY NOW IT WERENT FOR IT!

Oh, almost forgot, Biggers is a reserve cornerback. He's playing for Aqib Talib, who is out of the lineup tonight.

:}

Reggeee!........Reggeee!
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Pass to Bess for 8, 2nd and 2 Phins

Henne putting touch on the ball. WHAT??!

Gates has to make that catch

looks like henne trust marshall's ability to get upstairs this year

Is it me or Does Marshall look bigger this year?

Jets fan in here. Pass to Gates was perfect, right through his arms, but nice try.

C'mon TD here....letsgo FINS!!!!

Checkdown Chad could actually be dangerous this year with Bess and Bush.

JUST LIKE JETS PLAYOFFS GAME BRADY STARTS HAVING ACCURACY ISSUES WHEN GETTING HIT. HOWEVER THE LIONS ARE NOW KILLING THEMSELVES WITH POOR TACKLING.

Gates was very well covered.
Marshall was also holding.
Good dump pass to Bush.
Good quick pass to Bess.
2nd and 2 Phins.

One thing about Henne he is in control of this offense!! Looks like a different QB so far...
But no running game and maybe Jake Makes a difference!!

Mando, your opinion on Fasano this game so far.....is

Pouncy gets downfield. He's got a good motor.

whats up w/ Thomas ?

Henne threw a nice pass that gates should caught

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