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Friday afternoon practice in the books

The situation: There is 1:59 left to play in the game. The Dolphins offense has the ball at midfield with only one timeout and they need a touchdown to win.

With the starters going against each other here's what happened at the end of practice Friday afternoon:

Chad Pennington throws a sideline pass on first down that should have been intercepted but was not. It is second down. With Jason Taylor, Joey Porter, Phillip Merling and Randy Starks manning the defensive front, the ball is snapped.

Pennington fires a sideline pass to Ted Ginn Jr. who is behind cornerback Eric Green down the left sideline. Safety Gibril Wilson is late to come over. Ginn catches the ball in stride and scores. TD from 50 yards out.

Dolphins offense wins!

I must tell you, however, that there is controversy back upfield because Taylor easily slipped under a Vernon Carey block and might have collected a sack where this not just practice.

The story gets better for the second-team defense against the second-team offense.

On first down, Ricky Williams gains nine yards. On second-and-1, Chad Henne completes a pass to Patrick Cobbs for a first down.

Then Henne overthrows a wide open Brian Hartline down the seam for what would have been a TD. Then there's an incomplete pass on second down and another on third down. A fourth down completion to Patrick Turner keeps the offense alive at the 22 yard line.

And then Henne overthrows Cobbs on first down and throws another incomplete pass on second down. A third-down completion to Joey Haynos gains six yards. On fourth-and-4 from the 16 yard line, Henne throws the ball incomplete through the heart of the defense.

Defense wins.

Those were the highlight moments of Friday's afternoon workout.

The practice showed Miami's initial plans for rushing the passer on passing downs. It would be Taylor and Porter standing up at the ends with Starks and Merling in the middle. On one of those downs, however, Merling was out and Cameron Wake was standing up inside of Porter.


It's also interesting that Starks got some work at nose tackle in base defense. Anthony Armstrong had a nice long TD catch over Eric Green down the sideline.

And yes, Green didn't look great out there.

The team also worked on punt returns. Ginn, Davone Bess and Chris Williams worked as returners.

Finally, coach Tony Sparano talked to the team Friday about not believing their own hype. In other words, he told them winning the AFC East last year means squat this year. I wrote a column on the topic for The Herald. Please read it if you want to find out what 2008 accomplishments Sparano says do carry over to 2009.

[BLOG NOTE: Two practices Saturday. Salguero serving as your eyes and ears. Updates to follow. You must return here later today.]