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Handful of starters likely to miss Carolina game

The Dolphins want the third preseason game to be their dress rehearsal for the 2012 regular season. They'll treat the week like a regular game week. Starters will probably play into the second half. By the time the game is over, the club wants direction on its starting quarterback for the start of the season.

So what does that make the second preseason game?

The game Friday night against Carolina?

An off day for a handful of veterans.

This week has seen more players miss practice due to some sort of bump, bruise, tweak or twitch than at any time during the preseason. And most are likely to miss the Carolina game as the team focuses in on the greater importance of the Atlanta Falcons in the third preseason game.

That means as many as five starters will sit out Friday night.

Don't expect two-thirds of the starting linebackers to play as neither Karlos Dansby nor Kevin Burnett have practiced this week. Don't expect Cameron Wake to play as he continues to recover from an undisclosed injury after being involved in an auto accident. Don't expect to see backup defensive tackle Tony McDaniel. That's three starters on the front seven and a key backup likely out.

On offense, don't expect to see starting right guard Artis Hicks. Obviously wide receiver Brian Hartline will not play. Neither will quarterback David Garrard, who was supposed to start last week before suffering a left knee injury and is not yet one week into a three-to-four week rehabilitation period after urgery.

You would think the Hicks injury opens the door for Eric Steinbach to make the much-expected charge to the starting unit. But no. He's got an undisclosed injury as well and hasn't practiced the past couple of days and is questionable to play.

So what does this all mean?

Well, John Jerry probably starts at right guard.

Gary Guyton and Jason Trusnick will fill in for the injured starting linebackers. Rookies Derrick Shelby or Olivier Vernon will likely start at defensive end.  

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ok yg? not sure why u typed that. marino as did other qbs going against him raised their games

bill connors aka Odin aka Mando aka oscar canosa,
Why are you talking about Ireland's hair?

does he have any, he has to quit wearing that mickey mouse hat on hard knocks , makes him look even more dumb than he is

If Tanny is thinking about or watching what Newton is doing on the other side, especially during a presason game, he's already lost.

Who, me? I'm an Independent, always have been. btw, what hair?

newton is the man, guy is off the charts good

Reality, right, and don't worry. He's not. The only person on Earth who has even had this type of childish nonprofessional thought cross his mind is the "100% wrong 100% of the time", our very own, Yesterday's Gone. I think he just got done playing Madden or something.

Signal,

If you were going up against a yong Tiger Woods and the thought in your head was "I gotta beat Tiger" or "No way I cn beat Tiger", youre beaten even before the first tee off.

Of course Im not saying Tanehill is playing against Newton or vice versa. Im saying I hope in Tannehill's head he isntthinking that either. Because he would be puttin unforced pressure on himself and it will definitely show up as poor play.

Im not going to try and explain this all day long just because some of you are to dense to understand.

bet thill could care less whos qb of carolina. dude wants to throw the ball, score, win, bang his wife

YG......

BTW...DID MARINO WON ANYTHING ?

WHAT ABOUT NEWTON ? HE DIDN'T WIN A THING YET ...........

WE WILL LOSE TONIGHT BUT THAT'S OK ,B/C WE R TRICKING TEAM THEAM THINKING WE R LOUSY ,BUT THEN WE TRICK THEM ,,,,,

marino won an mvp. 9 pro bowls. 8 playoff wins. we have won one playoff game since

oscar,

I find it ironic you have the audacity to call someone dumb as rocks, oscar have you looked in the mirror lately? BTW hows sesame street?

YG,

Don't fool yourself. You aren't "head and shoulders" above your "fellow bloggers" here. We knew what you were "driving at". Just a non-issue.

Signal,

Are you declaring every poster here is as dense as you? Seems youre the one putting yourself "head and shoulders" above everyone elsehre. You've declared yourself "chief blog spokesperson".

Bcause you see it as a "non issue" doesnt mean actual educated blogger see it the same. LOL

I said if you had any questions in my little exposition last night on Sociey and the super-Ego. Nobody answered. What can I do? I cannot change rocks.

Ignorance envies knowledge. Chief reason why knowledge will always be king. LOL

You're right YG,

I guess most educated bloggers here are worried that Tannehill will be standing on the sidelnes between possesions, showing great concern over what his competition, Cam Newton, is doing on the field.

We can only hope our offensive coaches can find some way to keep his attention on what Carolna's defense is showing on the field.

Good catch by you. Most would missed it.

Signal, YG is not going to catch that sarcasm (2:52). He's about 13 years old or has the brain capacity of a 13 year old.

Shelby looked awesome tonight. I hope we give him a chance.

I was at the Panthers Dolphins game in Charlotte last night and the best Fins QB in the game was Pat Devlin.

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