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Friday, December 5, 2008
After debate, Fins put Allen on injury report


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano gave terse responses Friday afternoon when pressed on why defensive back Jason Allen hasn't been on the injury report all week even though his broken right hand is in a soft cast.

The Dolphins' injury report had been completely blank, a common occurrence for them this year.

What is Jason Allen's status for Sunday?

Tony Sparano: You'll see at the game. He's fine.

Is Allen going to play?

TS: I'm not going to tell you that. You'll see at the game. The best players on my team will play on Sunday.

Why isn't Allen on the injury report if he has a broken hand?

TS: That doesn't have anything to do with it for me. My evaluation is based on who's playing and who's not playing and who's playing the best. The best players on my team will play on Sunday.

Later, after the reporters went home, some were notified by phone Allen had been added to the injury report and classified as probable.

Allen's injury created a minor stir when he was scratched from Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. He had been listed as probable, which under NFL injury-report policy meant he was a near-certainty to play.

The NFL reportedly looked into the Dolphins' decision, but was satisfied when told the team didn't think Allen deserved to play based on recent games and practices, and not because he was hurt.

Allen was the 16th overall selection in the 2006 draft.