The Dolphins on Tuesday ended two players’ seasons – guard Nate Garner and corner Jamar Taylor – and gave two others one last chance to make an impression.
The Dolphins elevated center Sam Brenner and defensive tackle Deandre Coleman to their 53-man roster from their practice squad. Brenner appeared in seven games for the Dolphins last year, starting four.
Garner has dealt with persistent migraines for a month. Taylor injured his shoulder weeks back, but played against the Vikings last Sunday. (Thanks to our Adam Beasley for this post.)
### 1 p.m.: The NFL just announced it will waive the usual blackout policy regarding how many games can be shown in a home market. The bottom line: Dade/Broward residents will get four afternoon games Sunday: Jets-Dolphins and Panthers-Falcons on CBS, and Cowboys-Redskins and Lions-Packers on Fox.
Late Monday night, the NFL announced game times and networks for Sunday, and Jets-at-Dolphins stays at 1 p.m. on CBS.
But there were a couple of interesting changes: The NFL moved the Carolina-Atlanta game, which will decide the NFC South title, from Fox to CBS and from 1 to 4:25 p.m.
The NFL this year began cross-flexing some games from CBS to Fox, and vice versa, to balance the schedule. The only requirement is that CBS cannot lose any more games than Fox loses, and vice versa.
Meanwhile, the NFL shifted the Packers-Lions game, which will determine the NFC North title, from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. on Fox. Both teams already have clinched playoff berths.
Moving the Atlanta game to CBS gives both CBS and Fox meaningful games in the 4:25 p.m. window.
Bengals-Steelers will be NBC’s Sunday night game to close the season.
Here’s the full schedule for Sunday (all times Eastern):
CLEVELAND AT BALTIMORE 1PM CBS
SAN DIEGO AT KANSAS CITY 1 PM CBS
N.Y. JETS AT MIAMI 1 CBS
CHICAGO AT MINNESOTA 1 PM FOX
PHILADELPHIA AT N.Y. GIANTS 1 PM FOX
NEW ORLEANS AT TAMPA BAY 1 PM FOX
INDIANAPOLIS AT TENNESSEE 1 PM CBS
DALLAS AT WASHINGTON 1 PM FOX
*JACKSONVILLE AT HOUSTON 1 PM FOX
BUFFALO AT NEW ENGLAND 1 PM CBS
*CAROLINA AT ATLANTA 4:25 PM CBS
*DETROIT AT GREEN BAY 4:25 PM FOX
OAKLAND AT DENVER 4:25 PM CBS
ARIZONA AT SAN FRANCISCO 4:25 PM FOX
ST. LOUIS AT SEATTLE 4:25 PM FOX
*CINCINNATI AT PITTSBURGH 8:30 PM (ET)NBC
** --- games that were cross-flexed from one network to another.
Chris Bosh remains out for tonight's game against Philadelphia. Dwyane Wade went through shootaround but Erik Spoelstra said the Heat will see how his knee feels tonight before determining his availability. Justin Hamilton is out, Spoelstra said.... The Heat announced Josh McRoberts will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery today. Miami has applied for a $2.65 million disabled player exception, which if granted, can be dangled to lure Josh Smith. ESPN and Yahoo report Houston is the front-runner to sign him.