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Saturday, August 3, 2013
Miami defense could use Tony Romo test

By James Walker

NORTHEAST, Ohio -- One of the biggest weaknesses for the Miami Dolphins last season was their 27th-ranked pass defense. That is why Miami’s secondary could use at least a series or two against a quality quarterback like Tony Romo.

The Dallas Cowboys wisely will sit Romo in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game. Romo had back surgery this summer, and Dallas and Miami both have five preseason games this year. Romo threw for a career-high 4,903 yards, 28 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in 2012. That set the table for Romo to get a $108 million contract extension from Dallas.

Miami’s first-team defense will get Dallas backup quarterback Kyle Orton instead. Romo would have been a nice test for Miami’s secondary and particularly its cornerbacks. The Dolphins remade their cornerback position signing Brent Grimes in free agency and drafting rookies Jamar Taylor and Will Davis in the second and third rounds, respectively.

But Dallas is doing the right thing. The most important thing about the Hall of Fame game for both sides is avoiding injury. The Dolphins’ secondary will have to wait until later in the preseason to face a starting-caliber quarterback.