Thursday, October 6, 2011
Chad Henne out for the year
By James Walker
Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne's separated left shoulder will keep him out for the rest of the season. Henne will have surgery to correct the injury.
Here are some thoughts on the Dolphins and the loss of Henne:
Matt Moore is the guy in Miami, at least in the short term. He received all the first-team reps in practice during the bye week and is expected to start Oct. 17 against the New York Jets. The Dolphins reportedly will add another quarterback -- veteran Sage Rosenfels -- to replace Henne. Rosenfels is more of a backup option to support Moore, who knows the offense better.
- This is a big blow to Miami head coach Tony Sparano. He's lost his past seven games and is on the hot seat. Miami is already 0-4 and Moore won't win many games this year. Moore was 1-4 as a starter last year in Carolina. He has more interceptions (18) than touchdowns (16) in his career. Sparano needs to win now in the worst way. A veteran like David Garrard could have helped give the team a boost, but those talks didn't go far.
- On the flip side, this puts Miami right in the thick of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. The Dolphins are one of four winless teams remaining. Their schedule is tough, and the AFC East is deep and talented. It's hard to pick many games Miami will be favored to win the rest of the season. Any total of four or fewer wins would give the Dolphins a chance for the top overall pick. It certainly looks possible with Henne's shoulder injury and the way the team has played so far.