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Long back, suddenly OL is much better

Jake Long, who was not able to pass his physical at the start of training camp because he was still nursing an undisclosed left leg injury, passed over the weekend and is back on the field.

Great timing by him.

Long's return coincides with a game in which reserve left tackle Lydon Murtha, who generally did fine filling in, struggled somewhat with three penalties against Carolina. Murtha wasn't bad at his assignments or anything like that. It's just that those penalties, especially the pre-snap ones, kill drives and he is simply not as good as Long.

So Long returned to practice Saturday and today gets the day off,  along with the rest of Miami's players. Long will be able to assess his physical condition and conditioning following his first dose of practice.

"It feels real good, getting back there with the guys and finally put the helmet on, jersey, run around out there, get to practicing, it felt good,” Long said after practice.

Dolphins coaches might not use Long in the preseason. He is expected to practice every day possible and that work against Jason Taylor, sometimes against Cameron Wake, and against Miami's burly defensive ends, should be good enough to get Long in football shape. The risk versus the reward of having Long crash helmets with another team's defensive linemen in the preseason seems to tip the scales toward risk.

Think about it:

Long worked all of last year next to Richie Incognito so it's not like the two of them need to learn each other. Yes, the offense is new, but I estimate the Dolphins will work between 40-50 team periods in which the first team offense faces the first team defense the next couple of weeks. On the week before the season-opener against the Patriots, and maybe even two weeks before, Long will also get snaps against a scout team.

So why are we worrying about getting him hit in a preseason game again?

"Whatever," Long said laughing. "Whenever coach puts me in there and expects me to play, I will be ready to play."

And with that, it seems the Dolphins starting offensive line is set. Long at left tackle, Incognito at left guard, Mike Pouncey at center, Vernon Carey at right guard and Marc Colombo at right tackle.

The biggest worry of all these for me? Not Long, coming off the injury. Not Pouncey playing as a rookie. Not Carey shifting to a new position at guard.

Colombo.

He has some ugly, ugly moments at times. The other night there was a pass play in which he let a blitzer run right past him untouched and in against Henne. Henne avoided the blitzer by scrambling away and then was hurried by another lineman that ran past Colombo. When that play was done, Colombo had gotten a chance to block two guys and really didn't lay a finger on either. Made me scratch my head.

Can he run-block well? Yes. Pass-block well? Not sure.

{Update: The Rams have released offensive lineman Tyler Donahue, an undrafted rookie out of Bowling Green. Why do you care? Because the Dolphins showed interest in Donahue earlier this year and will be among the teams wanting to add him to their roster. In fact, Donahue had a workout scheduled with the Dolphins Sunday. Donahue is a 6-6 and 300-pound offensive tackle.]

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I'm a bit more hopeful now with long back, seeing Henne and Marshall start to click and seeing how Reggie bush adds another dimension to the offense that opposing defenses must account for. If we stay healthy we should be over .500 this year.

John thanks for stopping by. That really cleared things up for us. I'm guessing you won't be blogging here after game one.

thats a relief. Chad only has to keep an eye on Colombo's side so that should help.

Now, I hope they can get Jerry back on track. Either way, looks like a formable OL if they can stay healthy.

GO DOLPHINS!!!

exactly itc. and over 500 gets us nowhere. we either need a 12-4 season or a 2-14 season. tired of the same old 7-9,8-8,9-7 garbage

baffled by how all of the sudden some think this oline is good? they just keep throwing scrubs cut from other teams into the lineup

I wouldn't call Long Cognito and Pouncey scrubs. The RT is the biggest problem. Carey should be fine at RG.

FBI Special Agent nome
How goes the Major Case: CircleJerk in Blue?
Any updates?
I believe you should call in a mathematician to help,
maybe your friend Semen Hole Sam
Even though he believes 10 is more then 28
Mayer you should interview kris, he alleges he is a hacking
victim in blue also. I suggest you try to find him,
Check mental health facilities, he had one of the best nuclear
meltdowns on this blog, ever.

If you crack this case you may get a promotion,
But may I suggest you change your name from nome to nemo??
Captain nemo just sounds better, don't you think?

Anyway, good luck
Your friend

NY Scott

Db. Nothing wrong with that. We would have been alright last year save injuries.

@2:10

You typed all that just to talk to me? I'm flattered. No go waste someone else's time and steal a few more web identities. You must be really, really, really bored in life.

will always comeback to our qb, sad enough

I guess that means, no updates?

dusty, couple of days ago u had us 4-12 , earlier today 6-10 now you imply your tired of but expecting 7-9,8-8,9-7

u obviously r making the mistake of overreacting to 1 preseason game, if we win a regular season game u'll have us going to a sb!!

good to see you getting optimistic

cna't wait till u change your mind about henne, that'll be sweet

yes update, henne just missed another td to hartline. he missed 34 in a row over 10 yards

no wolf, went through schedule today. any team could run into 6 wins. we need a 2-14 year, draft luck. hire new staff

and what reaction to a preseason game. that game was awful, 2 horrible teams going at it. hard to get anymore boring than that was

the one guy who looks like a stud is burnett

lol wow only on south beach

Dear dusty bottoms,

Your as much as a worthless fan as your friends nome and Semen Hole Sam. Hoping the Dolphins go 2-14?? I hope you crash your car into a cement pole doing 80. You wouldn't be missed

Itcdolphin I like the way you think.
Will you marry me?

There seems to be alot of rumors about the phins secretly trying to acquire tim tebow from denver. I wonder where this is coming from and how much compensation denver is asking for.

People are going to laugh at me for saying this but in the current offense that we have I think Tebow can be very successful in the system. But I wouldn't trade a high pick. Maybe a 4th and Matt Moore. It would be great to see him come back to his home state

Db. That is a charming and sweet invitation. You have made all my buds in rehoboth beach de very jealous. But will still love you in the morning.

White people smell like wet chickens.

Posted by: Kyung Syung Park | August 21, 2011 at 02:37 PM

Oriental people eat panda d!ck and beg for more.

Cher,

Please sit on me.

Dusty,

Miami U, The new name is , Prison University.

Usf fan. Nice try. Nothing proven yet

For the record I think Henne will turn it around this year

ltcdolphin,

Come on man, Give my school some love. No way have they seen trouble like the U. The Bulls are back in town. ( My Song )

For the Record, even here at U.S.F love the fins. Hate the U. They Deserve whats going to happen to them.

Dusty it always comes back to the quarterback. We need a tight end too.

nome will you be my quarterback? I'll snap your balls and be your tight end too

dusty ;)

BIG SIGH(Grooooaaaaaaan!)

Aloco,

We need your help little Buddy.

We have some very good posters here and then we have..........the others. Even when I try to make serious posts, the madness continues.

We have the Gang of DeFeat.

The Gang of Four

And now the newest addition:

The Gang of Circle Jerks.

Aloco, please tell us who you nominate as the Leader of the GoCJ?

Usf. We have yet to have a player die on die on the practise field. When y'all are done paying for that check back in.

ltc,

Nice try, but there is nothing but thugs at the U. Plus a terrible place to live.

No try usf your player is not playing. Great place to live, was born and raised there. Your thinking is shortsided, kind of like how long your school has been around

Why not try Murtha at right tackle.Colombo scares me.Henne will be running for his life this season if they can't get a better RT

ltc,

Calm down, its very clear your from there. I" sorry. Go Fins.


The u SUCKS.

U (S)uck (F)an

Your little worthless Community College will never be playing for a Championship, USF, it's a joke.

That's okay my next response is what else could you expect coming from the west cost of fla's trailer park trash. Glad I did not need to say that. Sure glad that your true colors show with your tpt language.

Hey the U. How about You Sodomize Football players?? :)

The u,

Do you speak English ? Most don't in Miami. Your either from haiti or your spanish. Nothing else lives there. Because they know better. That area sucks to. Not the dolphins. WOW, my FRAT BROTHERS love this.

Apparently, profiency in WRITING in English is not a prerequisite at USF.

But please keep going on about others lack of English with your biting wit and 5th grade level composition skills.

Usf. Is that two faced. You apologize then go out and make the same mistake again. Well we know your maturity level, you must be a pledge and parroting your supposed frat brothers.

You hurt my feelings.lol

Did someone say sodomy.
I would like to be a victim of sodomy.

Send you some Kleenex

"My frat brothers love this" Why, you promised them head later?
Obviously you a pimple faced, pale little white kid who a beautiful Spanish woman wouldn't look at twice. Along with the fact your an ignorant little racist puke whose mommy and daddy couldn't afford to send to a real University.
Now get back to servicing your frat brothers poooosie.

Will send you some Kleenex

"My frat brothers love this" Why, you promised them head later?
Obviously you a pimple faced, pale little white kid who a beautiful Spanish woman wouldn't look at twice. Along with the fact your an ignorant little puke whose mommy and daddy couldn't afford to send to a real University.
Now get back to servicing your frat brothers poooosie.

"My frat brothers love this" Why, you promised them your ass later?
Obviously you a pimple faced, pale little white kid who a beautiful Spanish woman wouldn't look at twice. Along with the fact your an ignorant little puke whose mommy and daddy couldn't afford to send to a real University.
Now get back to servicing your frat brothers.

This is to FUNNY. We thank you all SO MUCH.

Your USF frat brothers like when U Swallow First?

Do any of you really want to talk to each other or just nothing better to do on the weekend than come to a blog and fight like little boys?

"We thank you so much" Glad to make the male cheerleaders at USF happy.
Bunch of homos who would never be able to make the squad at a real University so go to some third rate college in a third rate city.

Chad Henning is a great QB and you are lucky to have him on your team. Nat Moore is a pretty good backup QB too.

USF,

Call me.

Hey Odin, why does your precious Henne constantly over throw wide open receivers ? Clyde Gates must want to whip his ass right now. He can't connect in practice niether the game.

You guys are so caught up in such stupid bs, go read it all and ask yourselves just what the heck are you doing with your time.

Maybe read a book if you still know how.

Don't waste your time responding to me...I've seen enough to know 5 minutes here was too much. Gone for good...

Is there a chance we could get Chris Johnson ?

"Homos?" Really, dude? Using that kind of juvenile talk in 2011?

And, yeah, I'll answer the obvious question for you. I am gay and wouldn;t want to be any other way.

And if you ever used that language in front of me I'd knock your teeth to the other side of your face and make you wish you were never born. Twerp.

Odinseye

I just want to say about your post @11:41-

Bravo! Bravo! I completely agree with all your points. I know you are one of the most positive fans on here, but everything you said was logical and true. The haters can go have a circle jerk with fireman ed.

GO FINS!

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