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4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Dolphins sign CB, cut one; Heat health; Golden's thoughts

A few quick hits:

### Concerned about injuries in their secondary, the Dolphins signed cornerback RJ Stanford today, according to his agent David Canter. Cornerback Jalil Brown, who was signed last week, was released to make room.

Stanford played 12 games for Carolina in 2011 and 29 games for the Dolphins over 2012 and 2013. He has one career interception, with the Panthers.

He re-signed with the Bengals in March but was released in August.

Jamar Taylor (shoulder) and Cortland Finnegan (ankle) are both nursing injuries that leave their status precarious for another week or two.

Besides Brent Grimes, Stanford and the two injured players, the Dolphins also have Lowell Rose and Walt Aikens at cornerback.

### The Heat said Dwyane Wade will miss his seventh straight game with a hamstring injury tonight against Golden State and Chris Andersen is out for an unspecified period with an ankle injury.

But the Heat said Norris Cole is probable after missing two games.

### Erik Spoelstra said new Heat center Hassan Whiteside is a developmental prospect that the team wants to spend time on.

Whiteside was amusing during a session with reporters today. Asked what the team indicated it wants from him, he said: “Just bringing rim protection and rebounds and dunking on a lot of people.”

He said Pat Riley told him he likes Whiteside’s “length and athleticism.”

Whiteside has worked out for the Heat twice in the past three years. He has spent time playing in Lebanon last year but left because "it was dangerous over there."

### UM’s Herb Waters, who sustained a neck injury against Virginia, won’t play Saturday, according to Al Golden.

### Golden, on Denzel Perryman, who plays his final regular season game Saturday against Pittsburgh: “We’re not where we need to be yet, but we have some guys trying to chase that, to be elite again. Denzel Perryman has left that print. His pass defense – his man to man coverage – he’s doing better.”

### Among the concerns at UM: Tracy Howard said players can’t get used to losing.

Does Golden agree? “I don’t think anybody would ever get used to losing in this organization,” he said. “Our guys had a good attitude today. Nobody likes to lose. Nobody wants to lose. Saying that is one thing; the other is addressing the things you need to address and getting them fixed.”

### Asked if the team was ready to play against Virginia, Golden said: "I'm answering the question and clarifying and saying there’s no excuses. We scored early. How can you say we weren’t ready to play the game?"

### Golden, asked to assess how the season has gone: “The time to assess is afterward. Every game we’ve had on the road, we’ve gotten back at 4 or 5 in the morning [and immediately got to work on the next opponent]. I’m not geared to looking back at the season. We’ve got too much we have to work on right now.”

### Golden is reluctant to answer question on why things are going badly because he doesn’t want to sound like he’s making excuses. One thing he knows for sure: “We’ve turned the ball over on the road too much to win.”

### Why hasn’t UM gotten more pressure on the quarterback the past two games?

“We didn’t get sacks against Florida State, but I felt we got a lot of pressure on them," Golden said. "[Against Virginia], we didn’t get them in enough third and shorts. [He said shorts but presumably meant third and long]. We’ve got to get a better rush."

Please check back tonight for the Wednesday buzz column with lots of other stuff.

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