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11 p.m. update: UM junior safety Rayshawn Jenkins posted on his Facebook account tonight that he won't be playing this season.

UM declined to comment about his health, but if that's true, then UM's top three safeties will be, in no particular order, Dallas Crawford, Deon Bush and Jamal Carter. Either freshmen Kiy Hester or freshman Marques Gayot potentially could be in line for playing time.

Crawford had been holding off Jenkins for one safety job early in camp. Jenkins' play disappointed UM coaches last season. He required surgery for an undisclosed injury after the season and did not participate in the spring game.

UM is expected to address the issue on Thursday.

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Here's the full Heat regular-season schedule released moments ago:

OCTOBER
Oct. 29: WASHINGTON, 7:30 SUN

NOVEMBER
Nov. 1: at Philadelphia, 7, SUN
Nov. 2: TORONTO, 6, SUN
Nov. 4: HOUSTON, 7:30, SUN
Nov. 5: at Charlotte, 7, SUN
Nov. 8: MINNESOTA, 7:30, SUN
Nov. 9: at Dallas, 7:30, SUN
Nov. 12: INDIANA, 7:30, ESPN
Nov. 14: at Atlanta, 7:30, SUN
Nov. 16: MILWAUKEE, 6, SUN
Nov. 17: at Brooklyn, 7:30, SUN
Nov. 20: L.A. CLIPPERS, 8, TNT
Nov. 22: at Orlando, 7, SUN
Nov. 23: CHARLOTTE, 6, SUN
Nov. 25: GOLDEN STATE, 7:30, SUN
Nov. 30: at New York, 7:30, SUN

DECEMBER
Dec. 1: at Washington, 7, SUN
Dec. 3: ATLANTA, 7:30, SUN
Dec. 5: at Milwaukee, 8:30, SUN
Dec. 7: at Memphis, 6, SUN
Dec. 9: at Phoenix, 9, SUN
Dec. 10: at Denver, 10:30 ESPN
Dec. 12: at Utah, 9, SUN
Dec. 14: CHICAGO, 6, SUN
Dec. 16: at Brooklyn, 7:30, SUN
Dec. 17: UTAH, 7:30, SUN
Dec. 19: WASHINGTON, 7:30 SUN
Dec. 21: BOSTON, 6, SUN
Dec. 23: PHILADELPHIA, 7:30 SUN
Dec. 25: CLEVELAND, 5, ABC
Dec. 27: MEMPHIS, 7:30 SUN
Dec. 29: ORLANDO, 7:30 SUN
Dec. 31: at Indiana, 3, SUN

JANUARY
Jan. 3: at Houston, 8, SUN
Jan. 4: BROOKLYN, 6, SUN
Jan. 8: at Portland, 10:30 TNT
Jan. 11: at L.A. Clippers, 3:30, SUN
Jan. 13: at L.A. Lakers, 10:30, SUN
Jan. 14: at Golden State, 10:30, SUN
Jan. 16: at Sacramento, 10, SUN
Jan. 20: OKLAHOMA CITY, 7:30, SUN
Jan. 21: at Charlotte, 7, SUN
Jan. 23: INDIANA, 7:30, SUN
Jan. 25: at Chicago, 1:00, ABC
Jan. 27: MILWAUKEE, 7:30, SUN
Jan. 30: DALLAS, 8, ESPN

FEBRUARY
Feb. 1: at Boston, 1, SUN
Feb. 3: at Detroit, 7:30, SUN
Feb. 4: at Minnesota, 8, SUN
Feb. 6: at San Antonio, 9:30, ESPN
Feb. 9: NEW YORK, 7:30, SUN
Feb. 11: at Cleveland, 8, ESPN
Feb. 20: at New York, 7:30, SUN
Feb. 21: NEW ORLEANS, 7:30, SUN
Feb. 23: PHILADELPHIA, 7:30, SUN
Feb. 25: at Orlando, 7, SUN
Feb. 27: at New Orleans, 8, ESPN
Feb. 28: ATLANTA, 7:30, SUN

MARCH
March 2: PHOENIX, 7:30, SUN
March 4: L.A. LAKERS, 8, ESPN
March 6: at Washington, 8, ESPN
March 7: SACRAMENTO, 7:30, SUN
March 9: BOSTON, 7:30, SUN
March 11: BROOKLYN, 7:30, SUN
March 13: at Toronto, 7:30, SUN
March 16: CLEVELAND, 8, ESPN
March 18: PORTLAND, 7:30, SUN
March 20: DENVER, 7:30, SUN
March 22: at Oklahoma City, 3, SUN
March 24: at Milwaukee, 8, SUN
March 25: at Boston, 7:30, SUN
March 27: at Atlanta, 7:30, SUN
March 29: DETROIT, 6, SUN
March 31: SAN ANTONIO, 8, TNT

APRIL
April 2: at Cleveland, 8, TNT
April 4: at Detroit, 7:30, SUN
April 5: at Indiana, 6, SUN
April 7: CHARLOTTE, 7:30, SUN
April 9: CHICAGO, 8, TNT
April 11: TORONTO, 7:30, SUN
April 13: ORLANDO, 7:30, SUN
April 15: at Philadelphia, 8, SUN

Individual tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 at heat.com or ticketmaster.com or 1-800-4NBA-TIX.

Fans can purchase tickets from Heat season ticket holders through www.nba.com/heat/tickets.

Partial season-ticket packages, covering between 10 and 20 games of the purchaser’s choice, are already on sale, with all games available for that package. Games are placed in four categories, with prices at $15, $30, $55 and $100.

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As the Dolphins lurch through the monotony of training camp, you will not find many genuine battles for starting jobs. That’s limited mostly to defensive tackle, possibly right guard and perhaps running back.

But what you will find, as usual, is compelling competition toward the bottom of the roster, with uncertainty at virtually every position.

Assessing the races, heading into Saturday’s second preseason game at Tampa:

### Receiver: The Dolphins’ deepest position  presents difficult decisions. Rishard Matthews, who irked the Dolphins last season because of multiple issues (including tardiness), said he is now on the same page with coach Joe Philbin, and his work throughout camp has made him the favorite for the No. 5 receiver job barring a trade, behind Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Jarvis Landry.

But Matthews still must hold off Armon Binns, who has fallen off after a strong start to camp, and Damian Williams, who has flashed throughout camp but didn’t have a catch in the preseason opener. The Dolphins could keep six, which is even more realistic if they retain only two quarterbacks.

Then there’s the issue of what to do with Marcus Thigpen, who’s listed as a receiver (he plays the slot) but also can play running back. Thigpen would be expendable if Landry wins the punt and kickoff return jobs. Landry made a case for that with a 48-yard punt return against Atlanta.

But the Dolphins like Thigpen’s elusiveness and versatility and this decision will not be easy unless Landry repeats Friday’s punt return magic over the next three weeks.

Incidentally, because of the drafting of Landry, some NFL people believe it’s not a certainty that Gibson ($2.7 million salary) will be on this team, and that he could be traded. Gibson has a $3.7 million cap hit if he’s on the roster, $2 million if he’s not. But he’s too good a player to cut for nominal cap savings.

### Quarterback: It would be risky to entrust the No. 2 job with Brady Quinn – considering his poor track record – but this could become a consideration if Matt Moore flounders badly in preseason and Quinn plays well.  Keeping both wouldn’t necessarily make sense, especially if the Dolphins want to sign Seth Lobato to the practice squad. None of Quinn $855,000 contract is guaranteed.

### Running back: The Dolphins like the speed and pass catching ability of Damien Williams, the undrafted Oklahoma running back, and he’s battling Daniel Thomas and Mike Gillislee for one or two jobs behind Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno.

Thomas has averaged 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 yards per carry in his first three seasons and his performance in camp had been pedestrian before being sidelined by a hamstring injury for the past 10 days. Gillislee also remains sidelined by a hamstring.

The Dolphins overlooked Thomas’ uninspiring work in recent years because they liked his potential as well as the notion of having a big back. But Thomas, the Dolphins’ tallest and heaviest back at 6-1 and 235, doesn’t always play like one. Philbin likes Gillislee and his pass-blocking has been solid, but there remain too many carries for marginal gains.

### Tight end: The Dolphins figure to keep four, because they’re a vital part of Bill Lazor’s offense. Charles Clay and Dion Sims have secured spots, and rookie Arthur Lynch seems likely to stick.

Michael Egnew could make the team for a third consecutive year, but coaches want him to improve his route-running. Brett Brackett has shown more as a receiver than Egnew during his brief time with the team. Harold Hoskins’ chances have faded because of a hamstring injury, and Kyle Miller does little to stand out. If the Dolphins part with Egnew, they could look for a fourth tight end after final cuts.  

### Offensive line: Jason Fox, signed to be the Dolphins’ No. 3 tackle, has performed unevenly so far and finds himself in jeopardy. If the Dolphins part ways with Fox, they could try to fill a short-term injury to Branden Albert or Ja’Wuan James by moving Dallas Thomas from guard to tackle, or using Nate Garner there, though Garner’s work at left tackle has been dubious. Such a move would be risky.

If Mike Pouncey begins the season on the physically unable to perform list --- which is no sure thing because it would sideline him the first six games --- then he would not count against the 53-man roster. Under that scenario, if the Dolphins keep nine, that would include the current starters, plus Shelley Smith and Billy Turner and potentially Garner and either Fox, Sam Brenner, David Arkin or someone claimed off waivers in a couple of weeks. There might be a need to keep 10 if Pouncey isn’t placed on PUP.

### Defensive line: Dion Jordan will not count against the 53-man roster while he serves his four-game suspension, creating a spot for promising rookie Terrence Fede as the team’s fourth defensive end to open the season. A.J. Francis was a cinch for the fourth defensive tackle job, but that’s in question because of a knee injury that has sidelined him indefinitely.

If Francis isn’t healthy enough to start the season on the 53-man roster, then Miami figures to keep two from among promising prospect Anthony Johnson, Kemal Johnson, Garrison Smith and Isaako Aaitui or players who will be cut from other teams.

### Defensive backs: Like Jordan, Reshad Jones will not count against the 53-man roster during his four-game suspension. Brent Grimes, Cortland Finnegan, Louis Delmas, Jimmy Wilson, Jamar Taylor and Will Davis will be on the team, and rookie Walt Aikens very likely will, too.

If the Dolphins keep nine defensive backs, that would leave two spots from among safeties Don Jones (recently dropped from second to third team), Michael Thomas and Jordan Kovacs and cornerback Jalil Brown, who was impressive during the offseason program and has shown flashes in camp when healthy.

### Linebacker: The three starters, rookie Jordan Tripp, versatile Jason Trusnik and Jelani Jenkins figure to stick. If Miami keeps seven, then incumbent Jonathan Freeny and undrafted California rookie Chris McCain would be in the mix, though a player also could be plucked off waivers.

### Kicker: The Dolphins have kept Danny Hrapmann around to protect themselves if Caleb Sturgis’ groin remains problematic.

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Please check back for the Heat's schedule when it is released shortly after 6 p.m. Miami's first two games: home against Washington at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29 (Sun Sports) and Saturday, Nov. 1 at Philadelphia (Sun Sports).

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Harleyray

Great info as usual Barry,thanks. I believe that because of the small contract they gave Quinn,he may be on the final roster along with Matt Moore. Still can not see them cutting Moore,unless a good draft pick is offered by someone.

URBAN AND TIMMY NUTRIDERS

@ # 1 GATORS !!!

21-9(Last TD was a gimmee)

4-8 NO BOWL LOSING RECORD

7 GAME LOSING STREAK

PRE-SEASON TOP TEN RANKING....OOPS

LOST AT HOME TO DIV2 GA SOUTHERN WHO DID NOT EVEN COMPLETE A PASS WHO THEN LOST TO WOFFORD

WILL MUSCRAT'S JOB IN JEOPARDY

SO WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE TROLL?

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Ranked ahead of u ...

Eddie

4-12

Mike

the way UM treats its players is disgusting.

cane4ever

Only reason Florida is ranked is because espn owns the sec. That's in itself is a bunch bull and the sec. Biggest recruiting tool.

jmike

Explain yourself Mike why do you say that. How has Miami mistreated it's players. If that's true players would come. That's a ridiculas post.

Bobbyd12

The Gators will continue to be crap.

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