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Dolphins lose key DL for season

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2009 – 4:26 pm

As feared, the Miami Dolphins lost a critical starter on their defensive line for the season. Head coach Tony Sparano confirmed it in his Monday press conference.

“Jason Ferguson suffered a quad injury and is out for the season,” said Sparano.

Paul Soliai is Ferguson’s backup at the all important nose tackle position, but he’s not expected to man the role by himself. Sparano intends to use a rotation in games.

“I would hope that Paul Soliai is ready to go and Paul Soliai would have to step in there and play,” Sparano said. “Now the last time that happened, the guy played pretty good. I would hope that is where we are. We will see as the week goes on, but just like Ferguson and Soliai, one person can’t play the person the whole time. You need to have some people moving in and out. So we will have some people moving in and out. It is not any different…. We lost a heck of a player and another captain and those types of things. It is happening every place you look around the league right now. That is what happens. It is Week 12. These guys understand and we have prepared for these things so we will be prepared.”

Miami is still reeling from the season ending Lisfranc foot injury suffered by Ronnie Brown in last Thursday night’s game. Being down two impact players certainly hurts, but the MASH unit Bills aren’t going to exactly feel sorry for them. Soliai is a big body, but not the performer that Ferguson is in the middle of that Dolphins 3-4 front. Randy Starks is expected to rotate in from his end position to spell Soliai at times.

Hopefully it leads to more success for Buffalo’s struggling ground game, which hasn’t totaled 100 rushing yards since the Week 6 overtime win over the Jets.


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