The Miami Dolphins play their most important game in 5 years this Sunday. To make matters worse, it’s against their inter-division rival the New York Jets. Now, word is that two of the Dolphins defensive starters may not be available. One we knew about, the other…not so much.
Channing Crowder missed all of the Chiefs game with a sore knee that apparently is going to keep him out of the lineup again this week. The chances of Crowder missing this game and possibly more if the Phins move on, seems so likely that the team went out and signed free agent and 12 year veteran LB Derek Smith.
Smith played on the San Diego Chargers as late as this season starting 5 games for the Bolts before being released in November. He had 35 tackles at the time of his departure. The signing could be taken as simply a back-up plan being put into place or a sign of a deeper concern over the true health of Crowder, who is also in the final season of his rookie contract.
The big surprise however is not Channing Crowder but instead, CB Will Allen. Allen played in the KC game and came away apparently uninjured yet according to local reports, Allen was in shorts and on the sidelines during practice.
The loss of Allen would be a huge one against the NY Jets and Brett Favre. Allen will be expected to carry most of the load on Lavernous Coles, the Jets star WR and without Allen in the lineup, that job will fall to Joey Thomas who spent most of his one game start chasing WR’s against the lowly St. Louis Rams.
With the post-season on the line, the loss of Allen could have serious repurcutions for a team who all season was one of the healthiest.