AFC East: Michael Lehan

Dolphins sign Will Allen to extension

May, 26, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

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.

The Dolphins have their quarterbacks of the present (Chad Pennington) and future (Chad Henne).

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.

Around the AFC East: Mangini on the spot

December, 12, 2008

Posted by's Tim Graham

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AFC East injury report rundown

October, 24, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

Here are Friday's significant updates from AFC East injury reports:

Buffalo Bills
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.

Center Melvin Fowler (elbow) and cornerback Terrence McGee (knee) were limited in Friday's practice and listed as questionable.

Miami 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).

Starting right tackle Nick Kaczur and defensive end Jarvis Green were limited with ankle injuries and are questionable.

New York Jets
Tight end Bubba Franks (hip) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Meadowlands.

Questionable are receiver Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder), tight end Chris Baker (back), right tackle Damien Woody (calf).

Receiver Laveranues Coles, coming back from a concussion, was listed as probable.

Dolphins wary of Lee Evans

October, 24, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano has seen enough of Lee Evans already, and the Buffalo Bills receiver hasn't even gotten to town yet.

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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.

In Week 4, he had only two catches for 88 yards in a victory over the St. Louis Rams. In Week 6, he had two catches for 100 yards in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Not a bad average.

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.

Cornerback Michael Lehan was placed on injured reserve Thursday. Jason Allen is being moved from safety to cornerback.

"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."

Extra! Extra! Dolphins list an injury

October, 9, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

Here's a newsflash.

The Miami Dolphins listed a player on their injury report for the first time in 34 days. Linebacker Reggie Torbor did not practice Thursday because of a hip injury.

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.

Porter hurt; Henne behind; Glenn a threat

July, 26, 2008

Posted by's Tim Graham

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."