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Dolphins injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2008 – 3:27 pm

Miami could be without starting NT Jason Ferguson Sunday. He suffered a rib/hip/oblique muscle injury last Sunday against Baltimore.

“We’re just going to go through it right now, but he’s just really sore right now,” said Dolphins coach Tony Sparano Monday. “We’ll see what happens. He’s just going to be day-to-day.”

His possible replacements are Randy Starks and Paul Soliai, but neither are the same player as Ferguson. Starks is a bit undersized for the nose and Soliai is a plugger, but not as athletic as Ferguson.

Starks filled the void last week against the Ravens partly because Soliai was inactive after violating team rules. Sparano thought Starks did pretty well.

“Starks really, I thought, did an admirable job in there,” said Sparano. “He really did. I thought, obviously, he didn’t get a ton of work during the week that way for it, but he has had work in there, and I thought he did a nice job; Randy did, of running to the football and playing. One of his first plays there was a tackle for loss in the backfield, that type of stuff. Where you struggle when you’re not a nose in this deal is the fundamental part of it and I think that’s probably where most of Randy’s minuses occurred were just fundamentals. Where you’re putting your hands and maybe giving up a soft shoulder one way or the other. But I thought he played physical in there and did a nice job.”

Sparano said Starks hasn’t had enough work at NT which is why he struggled with some of the fundamentals at that position. Sparano also said if they’re without Ferguson it will not prompt them to switch to a 4-3 front instead of a 3-4.


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