The injury bug continues to leave the Miami Dolphins depleted at a time when just a little luck would go a long way. Channing Crowder who has been the substition middle linebacker most of the season for Zach Thomas will now miss his 2nd game in a row with a foot injury as he is officially listed as out for Baltimore.
The news however is not encouraging as now it appears that Crowder may have a right knee injury. That injury will now be checked out. Crowder has missed two games this season and half of the Oakland Raiders game back in week 4.
Replacing Crowder will be a Donnie Spragan and Derrick Pope combination with undrafted rookie Edmund Miles getting time on the outside to spell Pope. When aske about the changes, Dom Capers had this to say:
“Of course Derrick and Donnie are the two guys that have been around here, so Donnie, he’s a multi-purpose guy and his value is he’s a bright guy so he doesn’t have to take a lot of reps to be able to go in and play,” Capers said. “He’s been backing up Joey (Porter) outside and he really backs up all four of our linebacker positions and been the first guy in. So we’ll start this week like we did last week because we didn’t have Channing last week and it was Donnie and Derrick, and then a couple of our younger guys. Eddie Miles comes more into the picture, which has happened at almost every position. Because of injuries we’ve had young guys that all of a sudden they have to step up and be ready to play.”
The Dolphins will once again ask youth and inexperience to try and get the first win of the season. With 3 games left to do so, all eyes are on the defense and their ability or lack of, to stop the run. This week, they face a Baltimore offense that play differently in each and every game, the lone consistent aspect is RB Willis McGahee. The Dolphins have been absolutly horrid stopping the run this year with or without Crowder. This week, it will be once again, without.