Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne will this week await a second opinion on his separated left (non-throwing) shoulder, with the word from the doctor probably determining if he can play through pain of the injury or require surgery, The Miami Herald has learned through a team source.
The Herald's Barry Jackson is reporting Henne and the team will this week be sending X-Rays of the quarterback's injured shoulder to an independent shoulder specialist. The specialist will say whether Henne would be better off having surgery on the shoulder or could simply let it heal naturally.
If the option is to have surgery, Henne would miss significant time and possibly the rest of the season.
Henne, who obviously missed Tuesday's practice, would prefer to have the injury heal naturally. That would give him the ability to play as soon as he can handle the pain and manage taking snaps with a stabilized left shoulder -- perhaps the Oct. 23 meeting against Denver.
There is even one scenario under which Henne has been told he might play at the New York Jets on Oct. 17. That, however, is considered a long shot.
Henne will not leave town to seek the second opinion. The X-Rays will be overnighted to the specialist, the club source said.
As Henne is awaiting the second opinion, the Dolphins continue their attempts to sign another quarterback, suggesting the team is not exactly planning to have Henne for that next game against the Jets.