Thursday, September 20, 2012
McKnight: Let's win one for Tony
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano hasn't made any personal comments about the Dolphins this week in meetings, according to players. But they know the story, how Sparano was fired by the Dolphins with three games remaining last season. RB Joe McKnight said they'd like to win Sunday for Sparano.
"We want to go out and win for him, just so he can get his last laugh," McKnight said Thursday. "The last laugh always laughs loudest."
Sparano was 29-32 in three-plus seasons as the Dolphins' head coach, including a 3-2 mark against the Jets.
THE MORE YOU CAN DO: McKnight said he has been taking reps this week as a cornerback with the second-team defense. Darrelle Revis is expected to return from his concussion, but they could lose a corner with Ellis Lankster (back) up in the air after getting hurt Wednesday in practice. That would leave Isaiah Trufant as the No. 4 corner, followed by McKnight.
McKnight has taken cornerback reps in the past. He got into a game last season -- one play against the Ravens. Rex Ryan said Wednesday that McKnight, recovered from a hamstring injury, could have an expanded role this week. We all thought he meant on offense; maybe there's a chance he makes a cameo on defense.
TROUBLE FOR THE TERMINATOR: FB John Conner (sprained knee) missed practice for the second straight day, and his chances of playing Sunday appear remote. He had a brace on his right knee and was favoring it as he performed basic rehab exercises. Conner is the only natural fullback on the roster. They can use TE Konrad Reuland in the backfield, as they did last week.
It also appears that OLB Bryan Thomas (hamstring) won't play, meaning another start for Garrett McIntyre, who had two sacks last week.
HE'S PLAYING: Listen to the first five questions to CB Darrelle Revis, who spoke to reporters after practice.
Q: How do you feel?
A: I feel good.
Q: How confident are you that you can play Sunday?
A: I’m playing Sunday.
Q: How confident are you that you will play?
A: I'm playing.
Q: Did you pass the concussion tests this morning?
A: Yeah, the doctors cleared me, so I’ll be playing Sunday.
Q: Do you have to take more tests?
A: No, I got cleared, so I’ll be playing.
All right, then ...
AS THE CRO FLIES: Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine gave an honest assessment of Mike Wallace's 37-yard TD reception, saying of CB Antonio Cromartie, "Yeah, (he) just didn’t play the ball. Early on, I thought he was in good position, and then I don’t know whether he lost it. It was just one of those situations where he didn’t play the ball and Wallace did. We say it’s a game of inches, you could say it was a game of centimeters on that one. It was very close to being a long foul ball. Give them credit and obviously, we have to play the ball better."