The Miami Dolphins kept their dwindling playoff hopes alive with a 29-17 win over the Tennessee Titans yesterday, but they’ll have to keep pressing on without quarterbacks Chad Henne and Chad Pennington, who were both removed from the game with serious injuries. Coach Tony Sparano had named Pennington the starter after Henne was throwing picks at a Cutlerian/Favrean rate, but the oft-injured veteran was injured very early in his return. Pennington reinjured his surgically repaired shoulder, which was already agitated by his notebook paper physique, and this pretty much means his career is over.
Henne, on the other hand, played for most of the first three quarters, ignoring Brandon Marshall with Hall-of-Fame precision, before he eventually took a shot to his knee, dislocating his kneecap and most likely ending his season. Tyler Thigpen took over for the banging Chads in the fourth quarter, and seeing as the former Kansas City Chief is the only QB left in Miami with a solid bill of health, it’s his ship to sink now.
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That brought in Tyler Thigpen. He hadn’t worked with the first team offense even in a practice all season. But Thigpen drove the Dolphins 85 yards in nine plays to seal the win.
A day needing a spark found one in Thigpen. And a season? Too early to suggest that. And what bad luck for Henne and Pennington, as well as Tony Sparano, who stressed over a quarterback change that lasted 43 seconds. Still, Thigpen proved a glimpse that he brings something to the table, too.
The Dolphins have already been mentioned with free agent JaMarcus Russell, prompting the first of 6 million “He’s bringing his appetite to South Beach” jokes. But ESPN took a break from talking about Brett Favre’s shoulder “injury” to mention that the Dolphins are expected to sign free agent QB Pat Ramsey so Dan Marino will now sweat his team records even harder.