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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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The Bucs played Bush twice a yr. Don't run him up the middle.

Another completion to a TE.

More FG's when inside the 10 yard line.

FG's = losing in the AFC East.

1st and 10 Bucs

Wasn't our HC an offensive line coach????
Just sayin'

incomplete pass, flag on the play.
illegal shift, declined.

2nd and 10 Bucs

Mando, so what's your solution at RT?

why not move Murtha to RT once Long is back?

Surprising that Bell can not stay with a TE.

I can't wait to see Larry Johnson run. He's going to be a much bette power runner than Thomas.

incomplete pass. 3rd and 10 Bucs

Guys is Murtha really a starter? He wasn't great in that role last year.

Freeman is off. Henne is the better QB in the game tonight.

incomplete pass, 4th and 10 Bucs. Punt coming

The 'answer' at RT was in the draft. The Dolphins decided to spend several picks on a RB instead.

1st and 10 Miami at the 24.

Boardwalk I agree, I just wanted Mando's take on it.

i WANT TO SEE A 2 MINUTE DRILL

can anyone give me a good link to watch please?

should have been a hold on TB

how many dropped INTs does the D have this game? I count at least 2, if not 3. Still a problem for this D...

Complete pass to Marshall, Marshall fumbles, Bucs ball

Bennyv is right ..if henne forces the ball and it gets picked we are all up his ass about same old henne it's good to see him be smart and tuck it and get some positive yardage...our o line reeks tonight

That would have been a tough pick (Misi)jumping and only getting one hand on it.

vontae had both hands on that ball. planning his highlight reel before completing the pick.

Do we do tips drills in practice? Hope so.

Well it was nice YAC..........(until the Fumble.)
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1st and 10 Bucs.

Henne sucks, too many missed open WR's already

Tampa Bay playing backups on offense or what? Is this the "real" team that the Dolphins are playing this week? I hope every team is as "real" as the Bucs this season.

CRAP

It's a FUMBLE!!...crap.

man, the fumble sucks, but Marshall looks completely different this year...

SAY WHAT YOU WANT ABOUT THE TE COVERAGE. THE D IS GETTING OFF OF THE FIELD TONIGHT. ONLY ONE BUC DRIVE GOT INTO SCORING TERRITORY TONIGHT.

LEAD BY ARMANDO SOME OF YOU GUYS ARE SUCH PRUDDISH PINK PANTY FAIR WEATHER FANS.

Incomplete pass. 2nd and 10 Bucs

nice run after grabbing but no protection of the ball

Let's INT and run it back!

Biggers forced the fumble? How did he do that, I thought he was just a reserve.

Marshall gets 50 million to fumble? WTF?

Dark Matter Bomb,

dude, I'm watching on line 10 seconds after you apparently. Quit spoiling!

redsky, well said! LOL

I LIKE POUNCEY!

incomplete pass, flag on the play, illegal contact. 1st and 10 Bucs

pouncey mixing it up in the middle of the bucs bench. tough rook.

dyingbreed, TE's have not been a prob for dolphin D this preseason. I already showed the stats do not back up a TE problem.

Dan,I agree. He seems more dominant. Granted he's going against a backup but he seems different.

C'mmon there is no contact with Will Allen

really Oregon, sorry about that.

a Will Allen penalty lets us know that Allen is ACTUALLY on the field. Good to know...

Reggie was throwing hey makers on those boys. He def ready to ball this year

Henne sucks, too many missed open WR's already

Posted by: cowkilla | August 27, 2011 at 08:56 PM

I knew we could count on the Henne hatred. Way to come through!

The OL is terrible who's fault TS he can't coach a OL to save his life!! And that's to bad because this maybe the year that the light bulb went on and the OL stinks...it just bad luck we can't catch a break either it's the QB or receivers or running backs but now it's the OL it's really bad!! And to be honest I don't think Jake long will help any right away!
He will be rusty and not in game shape!! MAN THAT'S TO BAD!! Well at least TS will go down swing, and Iike that go all out every game!

oregon where do u watch it?

Oregon, I wass trying to help those who can't see the game, no harm meant.

Penalties....
This problem rushing had better get fixed fast.

Henne is 10 of 12 for 175 yards and 1 TD.

PATS GETTING THIER A*SSES HANDED TO THEM BY THE LIONS!!!!!!! LOL...

Kisses Mando ;)

Uh-Oh can't be making mistakes like that when you're battling two other guys for a final spot.

Henne hasnt missed receivers... wtf is it with some of you people?

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