Some Dolphins, Canes and Heat tidbits:
### Mike Pouncey and Samson Satele took snaps at both center and guard today, and the Dolphins remain very intrigued by the idea of Pouncey moving to guard, at least for now. But Samson Satele cautioned it’s not definite.
One reason it’s not a sure thing is because of health issues. Though Satele practiced, he was limited today with a fibula injury. Shelley Smith, working his way back from a knee sprain, also was limited.
The Dolphins want to get their five best linemen on the field Sunday and Satele at center (if healthy) and Pouncey at right guard would seem the best way to achieve that. But if the Dolphins feel Satele isn’t at full strength because of injury, then Pouncey could play center. Smith's health also will be factored into a decision.
### Even though the Dolphins named Jason Trusnik a starter on the depth chart, Jelani Jenkins continues to work as the first-team weakside linebacker and appears likely to start, health provided. Jenkins was limited in practice with an abdominal injury.
Trusnik has played all three linebacker positions in NFL games but has spent the least time at weakside linebacker.
### One reason the Dolphins signed receiver Damian Williams is the uncertainty of Brandon Gibson’s status for Sunday. Though Gibson said this week he plans to play Sunday, he missed both practices so far this week with a hamstring injury.
### Cortland Finnegan (neck injury) also sat out Wednesday's practice. Jamar Taylor would play more if Finnegan cannot.
### Fox is sending Dolphins-Packers to 46 percent of the country. (See 506sports.com for a map.)
Fox is shuffling its announcing teams during baseball postseason, so Sunday’s game will be worked by John Lynch (Fox’s No. 2 game analyst) and Sam Rosen (who is usually Fox’s sixth or seventh play-by-play man). Lynch’s usual partner, Kevin Burkhardt, is on baseball assignment.
### Clinton Portis today joined the long list of former Hurricanes with critical comments about the UM coaching staff.
“When the linebackers are five, six yards [back] and safeties are 15 yards deep and the cornerbacks are playing off,... you are never going to stop the run,” Portis told Jonathan Zaslow and Joy Taylor on The Ticket. “You would think we are playing a run and shoot team from the alignment of our players.”
Offensively, Portis criticized the staff for not throwing more to Phillip Dorsett. “I don’t feel they use him the correct way,” he said.
Portis said with the amount of playmakers UM has, “you feel like there should be more plays made. That quick screen we’re using, that doesn’t work for us. Talent is not being used. We have to put our players in better position.
"I want Joseph Yearby and Duke Johnson on the field together and spread everybody out. No way I’m going to allow you to stack the box to stop Duke Johnson. You’ve got to put your team in a better position.”
UM is 79th of 125 teams in scoring, at 27.5 per game.
### Heat forward Josh McRoberts, who hasn’t played in preseason because of toe surgery, said he expects to be ready for the Heat’s opener Oct. 29 against Washington.
### We expressed concern about the Heat’s three-point shooting before camp started, and those concerns haven’t been allayed. Miami was 5 for 15 on threes in its preseason opener, 5 for 32 on Tuesday against Orlando.
### Erik Spoelstra said Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole will play a lot together this season.
### If you missed it, when Chris Bosh was asked Tuesday night if he is looking forward to seeing LeBron James in Brazil this week, he said: “I don’t know. I’m in a mode [of] I’m trying to lead this team. If guys aren’t in this locker-room, I don’t have much time for them, if any.”
### Small forward James Ennis has been very good in preseason, but Spoelstra cautioned: “He has a lot of work to do to understand our system. We’ll just continue to develop him. We want to invest time in him. Does that translate into a guaranteed role? I don’t know.”
If you missed it earlier, please see the last post for Jimmy Johnson's assessment of the UM program; Mario Chalmers' announcement yesterday about his role on the team and the Heat's decision hours later; and Heat, Dolphins and UM notes... Twitter: @flasportsbuzz