The Miami Dolphins have officially let it out of the bag, Ronnie Brown will not be making a national appearance on Thursday night when the team takes on the Carolina Panthers. Brown suffered a foot injury against Tampa Bay. While this weeks game status has been determined, his season status is still up in the air. The Phins are sending him to a specialist to further evaluate the injury.
Brown’s injury will put Ricky Williams back at center stage, something that he has not relished in the past. Williams won’t go it alone though, as 2nd year runner Lex Hilliard is expected to see more time as is FB Lousaka Polite. Williams is well versed in the Dolphins WC schemes, and the absence of Brown will also likely mean an increased role for rookie Pat White. Still, the real burden of this game will fall on the shoulders of QB Chad Henne. His WR’s better develop some hands in the next two days.
Brown is not the only starter that will miss the game as TE Anthony Fasano looks to be heading towards his second miss. In his place 2nd year man Joey Haynos will get his 5th start of the season. So far, Haynos is having a very solid year both with his blocking and in the passing game. OG Justin Smiley will also likely miss his 2nd week as well nursing an injury.
By the way, who the hell is Cory Sperry? First we noticed on Saturday that his jersey was hanging in the Dolphins stadium locker room an indication that he had been moved up from the practice squad and then on Sunday, he simply caught a TD pass. The TE who was playing the 2nd tight end role was used primarily in the slot and despite one bone headed play of not getting out of bounds, played very well. He will likely be active again this week.
In other NFL news, there is a rocking story coming out of KC. Highly skilled WR Dwayne Bowe has been suspended 4 games for violating the leagues anti-doping rules. Bowe, the lone standout on a pathetic Chiefs offense . Neither the league nor the Chiefs have made public what performance enhancing drug Bowe has been suspended for.
Coming back to the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills will be searching this off-season for a new head coach as they fired 4 year man Dick Jauron after losing this past weekend to drop to 3-6. Jauron has been on the hotseat for a few weeks now. Perhaps it was because of the embarrassment that owner Ralph Wilson suffered when fellow 80+ year old owner Bud Owner shot the double dueces to the fans, coaches, players, and of course Wilson after the game. When asked for a comment, Jauron said, “I really don’t have anything to say,” which is consistent with “I really didn’t do much with my time in Buffalo”. Perry Fewell the Bills DC will take over the sideline duties the rest of the season.
Oh, and last but certainly not least…thanks again Belichick! Idiot!