AFC East: Michael Lehan
The three most important positions in football are quarterback, left tackle and cornerback.
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|Will Allen recorded three INTs for Miami last season.|
They have their left tackle of the present and future. Jake Long was a Pro Bowler as a rookie last year.
And they have solidified their future at cornerback. A month after they selected cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith within in the first 61 picks of last month's draft, the Dolphins have signed left corner Will Allen to a two-year contract extension, agent Drew Rosenhaus announced Tuesday afternoon.
Rosenhaus tweeted Allen's deal includes $10 million in guarantees.
Because cornerback is a position that requires considerable grooming and youngsters rarely earn their coach's trust right away, Allen will help bridge the gap between now and later. Allen will turn 31 in August and will be 33 when the deal is up.
Allen recorded 50 tackles, three interceptions, 15 pass defenses and a forced fumble in 2008.
Since signing Allen in 2006, the Dolphins have started the likes Andre Goodman, Michael Lehan, and Travis Daniels on the right side.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim GrahamNew York Jets
- Sam Borden of the Journal News writes head coach Eric Mangini, "as much as anyone, is on the line now. Not just for this season but for his entire Jets career."
- Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News looks into Mangini's softer philosophy on late-season practices.
- Newsday reporter Erik Boland writes Magini won't give tight end Dustin Keller any more rookie leeway.
- New York Post reporter Brian Costello takes a look at the Jets' problems at converting third downs.
- Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News examines how the Bills can go 22 possessions without a touchdown.
- The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle's Sal Maiorana agrees with owner Ralph Wilson: The Bills don't have the talent.
- D&C columnist Bob Matthews writes third-string quarterback Gibran Hamdan deserves a look if J.P. Losman struggles.
- Palm Beach Post reporter Edgar Thompson assembles an array of voices for an interesting overview of the Dolphins.
- South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Omar Kelly writes the Dolphins have released cornerback Michael Lehan.
- David J. Neal of the Miami Herald looks at the Dolphins' paltry turnover total.
- MiamiDolphins.com writer Andy Kent writes about being an NFL defensive lineman in homage to Bob Baumower and Doug Betters, who will be added to the team's Honor Roll on Sunday.
New England Patriots
- Nose tackle Vince Wilfork intends to soldier on, writes Boston Herald reporter Karen Guregian.
- Providence Journal reporter Shalise Manza Young gauges the locker-room response to quarterback Matt Cassel's return after the death of his father.
- Lawrence Eagle-Tribune writer Bill Burt finds Raider Nation is alive and kicking -- and has a long memory about the tuck rule.
Here are Friday's significant updates from AFC East injury reports:
Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Shobel (foot), starting right guard Brad Butler (knee) and reserve linebacker John DiGiorgio (knee) already have been ruled out for Sunday's road game against the Dolphins.
Cornerback Michael Lehan, who had been battling an ankle injury, pulled a hamstring this week in practice. The Dolphins placed him on injured reserve Friday.
Starting nose tackle Jason Ferguson (oblique) missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. He was full go Friday and is listed as questionable for the Bills.
New England Patriots
All of the following did not practice Friday and are listed as doubtful Sunday versus the St. Louis Rams: running backs Sammy Morris (knee) and LaMont Jordan (calf), linebackers Eric Alexander (hamstring) and Shawn Crable (shin) and cornerback Lewis Sanders (hamstring).
Receiver Laveranues Coles, coming back from a concussion, was listed as probable.
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|Lee Evans has enjoyed success playing against the Miami Dolphins.|
Evans on Sunday will play his ninth game against Dolphins. He has 25 catches for 554 yards and eight touchdowns. He's scored on plays of 70, 69 and 56 yards.
Evans is 7-1 against Miami.
"He's had success against the Cowboys, too," said Sparano, a Dallas assistant the past five seasons. "When I'm in one place and I see him run by us, and then I come here and turn the film on and see him run by us, then I think you're pretty good."
This season, Evans has 24 catches for 521 yards and three touchdowns. He has at least 88 receiving yards in his past three games and has scored one touchdown in each.
The Dolphins' secondary is in flux. Opponents have been able to pass on them. The Cardinals threw for 361 yards in Week 2, and the Houston Texans threw for 371 yards two games ago.
"This guy can really, flat-out, out-and-out run," Sparano said. "He can change the game that way. He's a big-play receiver, and I've been on the other end of that thing.
"In this game, with what's happened to us recently, and the amount of big plays ... I can imagine them taking their shots with him."
Here's a newsflash.
Torbor's appearance on the injury report is a Miami rarity. Of the previous 13 reports the team released, only one wasn't completely blank.
Cornerback Michael Lehan was listed with an ankle injury on the Friday before the season opener.
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DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano just got done addressing the press corps after his first training camp session.
Here are the highlights:
- OLB Joey Porter and CB Michael Lehan weren't on the field because of ankle injuries. Lehan was placed on the physically unable to perform list. The Dolphins clarified an earlier announcement and said Porter has been placed on the non-football injury list.
With DE Jason Taylor off to the Washington Redskins, Porter will be looked upon as the defensive centerpiece. Sparano said he isn't overly concerned with Porter's injury, "but we need to be careful with him."
- Sparano's a little dismayed with rookie QB Chad Henne's absence. The second-round pick remains unsigned, giving that many more reps to Josh McCown and John Beck in the quarterback derby.
The competition was balanced in 20 offseason workouts. Sparano said Beck had 257 throws, McCown had 246 and Henne had 230.
But today, Henne "wasn't out there, and certainly those quarterbacks threw an awful lot of balls in individual (drills)," Sparano said.
"The concern for me is purely from a football standpoint. I just worry that the installation is going on. As we sit here right now, the install is going on and it went on yesterday. A young quarterback missing that kind of time, missing those installs is the concern."
- Sparano claimed he wasn't aware the Cowboys had cut WR Terry Glenn. If Dolphins football operations boss Bill Parcells wants to reunite with recently cut Glenn, then Sparano suggested he was in the dark.
"I have to be honest," Sparano replied when asked about Glenn. "I didn't even know Terry was released. This is the first I'm hearing about it."
Glenn turned 34 this week. He has been hobbled, playing in only one game last year because of two surgeries on his right knee.
But Sparano, who spent the previous five seasons as a highly involved Cowboys offensive assistant, agreed Glenn could be a dangerous threat for somebody.
"That's the way he looked," Sparano said of Glenn's late-season return in '07. "He looked like the Terry Glenn that I knew."