A month into the season and the issue the Dolphins had the entire offseason remains an issue. They need to add a quarterback.
Yes, the situation is different now. Starter Chad Henne injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder during the San Diego game Sunday and is expected to miss significant practice time and likely the Oct. 17 game against the New York Jets.
So it''s not like the Dolphins are searching for a franchise quarterback.
They simply need an arm or two to help in camp the next couple of weeks and be available to play against the Jets should something happen to expected starter Matt Moore.
That means the Dolphins will go QB searching today.
Carson Palmer is available! (Yeah, then the alarm clock sounded and I awoke from my dream.) Palmer is, in fact, not available. The Bengals will not trade him and have not budged on the idea of not trading him.
Come to think of it, if the Dolphins land a Palmer it more likely would be Jordan Palmer, Carson's younger, less talented, less accomplished brother.
David Garrard is available but the Dolphins have shown puzzingly little interest in him. He is obviously the best QB on the market now.
[1 p.m. Update: NFL Network is reporting the Dolphins reached out to Garrard as well as Jake Delhomme but failed to sign either because the club apparently didn't want to guarantee any player's base salary for the remainder of the season.]
Kellen Clemens makes sense. He played under Brian Daboll once upon a time in New York. He's available. He has experience. Matt Gutierrez, with New England for a couple of years before washing out in Kansas City and Washington, is also out there.
[2:30 Update: Clemens is not an option as a source says the Dolphins are not interested.]
Jake Delhomme is out there. He helped the Cleveland Browns stink last year. He could fit in.
[6 p.m. Update: Delhomme is not interested in playing for the Dolphins, according to a source.]
Troy Smith is out there. Somewhere. He's been playing in the UFL so at least he's warmed up and in shape. Patrick Ramsey, whom the Dolphins had on the roster for about five minutes last season is available.
Marc Bulger is retired and I doubt the Dolphins could talk him out of that life just to serve as a backup a few weeks, but he is available.
Daunte Culpepper, who had a workout with the San Francisco 49'ers last month, is available. He would love the opportunity but I doubt the Dolphins would go there because, well, just have a feeling they wouldn't go there.
Other names the Dolphins can consider: Hunter Cantwell, Sean Canfield, Tom Brandstater, Dan LeFevour, Levi Brown, Drew Willy.
[Practice update: Henne, Nolan Carroll, Koa Misi, and Daniel Thomas missed practiced today. Check back for an another update later this afternoon.]