Tag:Miami Dolphins
Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:11 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 7:38 pm

Week 6 injury news and analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Dolphins at Packers

The most-important player on either team’s injury report is Packers LB Clay Matthews and his bum hamstring. He’s listed as doubtful, which is pretty terrible news for Green Bay. After he missed much of the second half of last week’s game against the Redskins, the Packers defense was nowhere near the same (it’s actually pretty amazing how much worse the defense looked without Matthews). As a result, Washington completed its come-from-behind victory in overtime. Matthews will work out before the game, but he’s not likely to play.

The Packers defensive line also might not be as strong. DE Ryan Pickett (ankle) and DE Mike Neal (shoulder) are questionable. Also, OT Mark Tauscher, who didn’t practice all week, is doubtful. If he can’t play, his spot, once again, will be filled by rookie Bryan Bulaga – who had a couple false-start penalties and allowed a sack in his debut last week but did an OK job otherwise.

Oh yeah, QB Aaron Rodgers, coming off a concussion, is probable.

For the Dolphins, rookie Jared Odrick (questionable) has been out since Week 1 with an ankle injury.  Miami hopes it can play him on at least a part-time basis this weekend. LB Channing Crowder (groin) and OT Jake Long (knee) are probable.

Chargers at Rams

San Diego RB Ryan Mathews played last week, racking up 59 yards on nine carries (a week after carrying nine times for 55 yards), but he wasn’t the lead RB. That honor went to Mike Tolbert, as Mathews continued to recover from an ankle injury suffered in Week 2. And although he’s still on the injury report – he’s probable – reports out of San Diego say Mathews could reclaim his No. 1 RB role.

Chargers rookie LB Brandon Siler has been out since Week 1 with a knee injury. But for those looking for a comeback this week, keep on looking. He is doubtful to play, along with WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring).

The Rams should be relatively healthy. Although they feature 13 players on their injury report, all but four of them are probable. LB David Vobora is questionable with a hamstring, and LB Chris Chamberlain (toe) is out.

Ravens at Patriots

New England RB Fred Taylor, for the second-straight game, is out with a toe injury. That means BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be the feature back with Sammy Morris and Danny Woodhead taking a few of the carries. Green-Ellis, it should be noted, has done pretty well in Taylor’s absence, combining for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries.

Also, QB Tom Brady is probable with hurt feelings (you know, the whole Justin Bieber freelance rap thing). Just kidding. He’s actually probable with a right shoulder. CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) is probable to make his season debut.

Ravens DT Haloti Ngata is questionable with a sprained MCL. It’s doubly unfortunate for Baltimore, because he hurt himself in a fourth-and-goal situation when he was playing offense. Entering this week, he has 29 tackles and two sacks and is having one heck of a season. DE Paul Kruger (knee) is doubtful, but he practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday. That’s potentially a good sign for Week 7.

Browns at Steelers

As you know, QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace – both with ankle injuries – are doubtful and most likely won’t play. That will leave rookie Colt McCoy to face the Steelers fourth-ranked defense all by himself. It’d be nice for McCoy if RB Peyton Hillis, questionable with a thigh, could play, and it sounds like Hillis wants to be in there. I imagine he probably will. DE Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip) also is questionable.

The only player on the Steelers injury report is OG Trai Essex, who’s doubtful with an ankle. RG Doug Legursky, who has played well in Essex’s absence, will take his place once again.

UPDATE (7:37 p.m.): The Browns have announced that Wallace has been downgraded to "out."

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:25 pm

Matthews 'doubtful' on Packers injury report

Posted by Will Brinson

Early season Defensive Player of the Year candidate and NFL sack leader Clay Matthews is listed as "doubtful" on the Packers injury report Friday after missing another day of practice.

Matthews is perhaps more important to the Packers success than Aaron Rodgers (who is probable after practicing Thursday and Friday) -- as soon as he left the game against the Redskins, their offensive picked up significantly, and especially against the blitz.

"We'll give him all of the way up to game time to see if he can go," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's making progress. He's close."

Given how quickly the Packers got Rodgers back and ready to play after a concussion (hey, it was only his first!), it wouldn't be a total shock if Matthews was back on the field.

But given the way in which they utilize the former USC star, and the potential aggravation of his hamstring that could occur, it shouldn't be a huge surprise if he sits Sunday against Miami.

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:41 pm

Aaron Rodgers returns to practice Thursday

Posted by Will Brinson

Aaron Rodgers returned to practice on Thursday, meaning Packers fans concerned he might miss this week's game against the Dolphins because of the concussion he suffered last Sunday can breathe a little easier.

Rodgers took the majority of snaps with the first team (Matt Flynn took them yesterday), according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, at least in the portion of practice that was open to the media.

There's still no word on whether Rodgers will play or not, and the Packers haven't issued their Thursday injury report quite yet.

He does, however, have to clear the standard concussion tests in order to play.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 10:06 am

Packers prepping for life without Rodgers?

Posted by Will Brinson

Okay, "life without" is strong, since Aaron Rodgers should be back sooner than later from his concussion, but there's at least a decent chance that he misses the Miami game this weekend, and the Packers are preparing for that by giving Matt Flynn more than his normal number of reps with the first team.

Although Flynn doesn't think there's anything really THAT wrong with Rodgers.

"He seemed normal," Flynn said. "We were talking, having a normal conversation, playing cards this morning. He doesn’t seem foggy or cloudy or anything."

(Quick aside: I did a lot of chuckling over the obvious notion that a) Flynn really, really, really wants Rodgers to be healthy and the probably-not-true-theory that b) while Rodgers is in a concussed state, Flynn's convincing him to play cards and robbing him blind.)

QB coach Tom Clements also referred to Rodgers as "very lucid" throughout the whole process of getting his bell rung, so that's good news, but no one should expect to see him back at practice before Thursday or Friday at the earliest, and still worry a little bit about Rodgers playing on Sunday.

"It’s definitely possible," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of Rodgers missing a game. "I know at a minimum he’ll miss some practice time."

On the bright side, Rodgers being sidelined might finally beat the "YOU REALLY SHOULD CONSIDER HAVING A DECENT RUNNING GAME" message everyone's been sending McCarthy's way into his head.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 12:02 pm

Fins fire Bonamego after special teams debacle

Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday night, the Patriots eviscerated the Dolphins on special teams, piling up over half their points as either a direct or indirect result of Miami's special teams inability to execute at a level even remotely resembling competent.

On Tuesday, Tony Sparano told John Bonamego, the 'Fins special teams coach, to clean out his office. This isn't surprising to anyone who watched the game; when a unit underperforms as poorly as Miami's special teams did in essentially costing the Dolphins any shot at victory in a critical home game against a division rival, someone's head is going to roll.

Darren Rizzi, assistant special teams coach, will be tasked with helping the Dolphins not be as embarrassing in the future, as he's been promoted to Bonamego's spot.

Sparano apparently feels that Rizzi, who joined the team in 2009 (and therefore isn't as responsible for Miami's shoddy special teams over the past couple of years, theoretically?) can help fix a unit that "ain't all broke."

He'll need to do so quickly if Miami wants to contend in a tough, tough AFC East, but apparently he may receive help in the form of more starters playing on his unit. Oh, yeah, and he has the added bonus of really low expectations.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:29 am

Hot Routes 10.05.10: Everybody Pat Chung Tonight

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Albert Breer of the Boston Globe page/NE">Patriots+news">thinks that the defensive system is "taking shape." And it is the shape of Patrick Chung. Okay, he didn't write that -- but that was a critical bounceback game for a Pats D.
  • Perhaps it started, as Ian Rapoport notes in today's Boston Herald , from Bill Belichick's speech to the team -- a classic "you are the underdogs" rant that we all really want, since, you know, there's nothing better than a bunch of Bostonians still trying to pretend they're the scrappy fellas.
  • Matty at The Phinsider calls the Dolphins' loss lots of mean names, but when reality replaces anger for him, it sounds pretty clear that he's concerned for the future, even though it's only Week 6.
  • Armando Salguero writes in the Miami Herald that no one on the special teams unit should be safe . Of course, he also writes that they've been "flirting with disaster for three years" (cue the Molly Hatchet and head to the archives for some scrutiny!). But yeah, when you suck at your job you can totally be fired.
  • A bunch of San Diego restaurants are showing Chargers games even though the games are supposed to be blacked out. The NFL, predictably, is not happy about this. And the restaurants don't care . It's a rebel state that California.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 12:36 am

'Special' performance by New England

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

P. Chung blocks a FG that New England would return for a TD (AP).

Tom Brady was efficient but not electric Monday night. Randy Moss didn’t make a catch. New England’s running game was adequate. And the Patriots were outgained 412-272.

Sure Miami’s offense in the second half was terrible, but how in the hell did New England pull out the 41-14 victory when the team was good but not great?

Easy: special teams. 

Going into the second half behind 7-6, New England responded immediately as Brandon Tate scorched the Dolphins with a 103-yard kick return, his second special teams score of the season. Then, it was Patrick Chung’s turn. He blocked a punt and then blocked a field goal (not to mention the pick-6 he had against Miami QB Chad Henne).

For the Patriots, special teams were the way to break open a game that was shaping up to be a close one.

“We’ve talked a lot about the second half this week,” Brady said in his postgame news conference. “That’s a great way to start it. You’re getting hyped and throwing the ball around and ready to start, and then you see Brandon Tate run by and you take a seat on the bench. I’ll take it every time.”

Said Bill Belichick in his meeting with the media: “We got a great block from Sammy Morris, Tate turned it on and he split it. Other than the one vs. Cincinnati, Brandon has been close several times this year. He didn’t need much room. Those guys did a great job of blocking, and Tate hit it.”

Even more impressive, though, was Chung. It’s only his second year in the league, and in 19 career games coming into tonight, he had accumulated two INTs and 41 tackles. Safe to say that tonight was the highlight of his career.

“Great performance,” Brady said during an ESPN interview. “He’s been ready to break out. He’s worked his butt off all of season. He really showed tonight what he’s capable of. We need more of it. It’s the fourth week of the year, and we have a lot more football to go.”

Naturally, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano wasn’t nearly as impressed with his team.

“What we put out there on film on special teams, it was a mess,” he said. “It’s embarrassing and these fans deserve better than that.”

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 8:21 pm

Three keys for MNF

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A couple of keys before we settle in to watch the Patriots play the Dolphins.

1) Patriots WR Randy Moss vs. Dolphins CBs Vontae Davis or Jason Allen:
Last season, Moss had some pretty good stats vs. the Dolphins, combining for eight catches, 213 yards and two TDs. But Davis, in his second season, is looking to change that outcome tonight. Also, the Miami secondary has some height to it, and that could create some problems for New England’s wide receivers. But don’t forget about the Patriots tight ends – Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and Alge Crumpler.

2) Dolphins RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams vs. the Patriots run defense: New England is currently ranked No. 24 in the league by allowing 119 yards per game, and though Miami hasn’t been great in this facet (112 yards per game and just one TD), it’s got talent. Brown has been much better than Williams – who’s already lost three fumbles this year – but the two are still splitting carries. Brown will be looking for a big game tonight, and he just might get it.

3) Neither team can afford to fall behind the Jets in the AFC East:
With the Jets easy win against Buffalo on Sunday, they moved to 3-1 on the season. New England and Miami are 2-1, but both already have losses against New York. A loss tonight, though it certainly wouldn’t be disastrous, would push that team to into third place in the AFC East. It won’t be a pretty view if that team has to look up at the Jets and the Patriots.

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