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Friday, November 23, 2007

Ricky could start while Chatman worse, Zach out

Four days into his latest return to the Dolphins, Ricky Williams is back playing the position he held the last time he played for the team in 2005.

Starting running back.

Williams took a majority of the first-team snaps in practice Friday while second-year running back Patrick Cobbs took the repetitions Williams did not. Regular starter Jesse Chatman was extremely limited in practice with an ankle injury.

Although Chatman is listed as questionable and coach Cam Cameron continues to talk as if the player will be pretty close to healthy by Monday, in this reporter's opinion, Chatman seemed slower Friday and the limp was more pronounced than it was two days ago when I last saw him during the early portion of practice.

"We can't get ahead of ourselves in this situation," Cameron said, playing this hand close to his vest. "We'll see where Jesse is. Jesse is an extremely tough guy. He's a competitor. He'll do everything he can to be full speed by Monday night.''

That, of course, does not mean he'll even play. If the game was Saturday, he probably would not play.

And as I explained to you in an earlier post and is evident from the practices, the more significant the injury to Chatman, the greater the likelihood Ricky Williams will be activated for Monday night's game against Pittsburgh.

I simply do not fathom the team going into a game against the NFL's top-rated defense with a limping Chatman and inexperienced Patrick Cobbs. Nope. Ricky is pretty certain to be activated if the current course continues. And, again, he would be the starter if the game were today.

One reason the Dolphins can do that is because Williams continues to show fresh legs during the portion of practice the media is allowed to watch. Cameron is simply calling Ricky's practices, "solid." But, in fact, Williams has shown a burst not expected of a player away from the game since 2005.

The team continues to consider the danger of pushing Williams too hard, too quickly. That can lead to a strained or pulled muscle or more serious injury. But Miami's need is serious, and as one poster contributed, Ricky may be less likely to hurt himself because his practice of yoga may shield him somewhat from that danger.

On another matter, you can officially scratch linebacker Zach Thomas from Monday night's game. Thomas, who has missed five games already, is missing his third day of practice this week and did not enjoy a miraculous recovery from his post-traumatic headaches -- at least not this week.

Defensive end Matt Roth, who is doubtful with a groin injury, also will not play although the Dolphins are not confirming this.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to be the one to bring this up.......but someone has must: Is zach mailing it in??? I meen he gets his melon bashed in week in and week out and a minor car crash has him out? I think Zach (to his credit mind you) is looking toward the future. This year is a bust, if he isn't traded he has maybe 3 years left...why risk a substantial injury (see trent Green, see Ronnie Brown...) If the Fish can turn it around and IF Beck is the guy and IF RW is a strong force and IF we get the received to catch some passes...well, perhaps we have a slim shot next year? Id there anything wrong with Zach taking a knee and saving something for what may be a last ditch run at a ring. After everything he's done for the team....I wouldn't blame if if he did......but that thought seems to run counter to EVERYTHING Zach seems to satnd for...I just can't help feeling that he's is the ONLY one that see's the handwriting on the wall....this season is lost.....don't risk a career ending injury.....

Capt Morgan

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we need to draft a erplacement for zach "James Laurinaitis" and we need a top line WR "malcolm kelly"

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zach is toast. The contact in practice is enough to trigger effects of the past concussions. That accident was probably nothing. JT isn't much without a strong supporting cast, he is being handled easily by everybody. Prepare for a toilet flush and a very junior defense next year, this years rookies and next years rookies.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Kurt in Amsterdam said...

James Laurinaitis is not going to be in next year's draft, but would be a good pick up the following year (his attitude, physical atributes and football smarts are a lot like Zach's were). Jenkins on the other hand will be available and should be jumped on - a true shut down corner like Jenkins will help give JT et al a better chance of getting to the QB.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Ricky scores the game winning TD and secures a place in Fins folklore as the player who saved us from an 0-16 season.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we win on Monday. Armando will post an article about what would of happened if Ricky would not of been suspended...and how we would be even worse because we would have a lower draft pick. I hope I didnt ruin it for him. And can I get a Joe Toledo update.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Ricky is activated for Pittsburgh i wouldn't be surprised to see Zack placed on IR to keep from having to release a player. I think that is the smart thing for the team to do at this point!

I think that Zack will be back to his old self next year with no ill effects!!

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

zach will be back with miami this season and next! bryan in ohio

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dolphins better draft mcfadden no matter who is running the show next season tuna or chin i pray!bryan in ohio.~

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand Ricky looks good in practice, but it's just practice. Remember Booker? Anyway, Ricky will help but he is not the answer. I'm just worried he is going to get hurt and we can't get anything for him. I like Ricky, he practices and plays hard, but he is old. Know what: I don't know anything anymore. After a season like this, who knows anything. I hope Brady and the Pats go down, thats what I know.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Draft Day scenario: The Fins send their #1 pick (first overall) and a second round pick to the Lions for their 1st rd. pick and Calvin Johnson.
The Lions would get the top RB in the draft - a position they desperately need and while giving up a future star, the team still has a young, solid WR corps.
The Fins would get an incredible WR and still be picking high enough to get one of their 'ones'.
Not much else to do but look forward to the draft at this point.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Zod said...

I saw some draft talk in the mix here. A couple of things you should take notice of in the NFL draft. You do not draft linebackers in the top five. They are a number 15 pick at the earliest. I still would not take one then.

Who do you take in the top 10?

Passer, Pass Rusher, RB, Receiver, or a tackle on either side of the ball.

Why? All of the positions have a significant effect on the passing game. It's that important.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If were looking at drafting scenarios, I was watching the Arkansas-LSU game and although Mcfadden and Jones ran all over them, they had to double-team Glenn Dorsey every single play or else he would be on top of Mcfadden, I think he could be great if he's already drawing double teams, only letting guys like porter and Taylor be free on the outside.

Dorsey for 2008

Prediction for Beck against the Steelers: 17-24 220 2 and the game-winning TDs

Thank God I'm posting as Anonymous

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want Thanksgiving?? ... how about Beck & Ricky leading us past Blitzburgh!!!!

Dorsey has had a very bad knee all season & they're not saying much about it. Today he has the Bad Back & Bad Knee & is ineffective ... Arkansas is actually running at him.

I saw Dorsey last year & he was a dominating monster. Seen him several times this year & he's been very average with his injuries.

OH NO ... our fate in Dr.s hands again!!!!!

Go Phins!! Cheers, JerryD

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny how people post that they want McFadden or an upgrade at WR as the first pick. Do people making these posts watch the games??? Do you see how much pressure Miami puts on the QB??? Opposing QBs have enough time to snap the ball, have lunch and then throw the ball to an open WR. The battle begins in the trenches...and Miami's front 7 loses that battle almost every time!

10:31 PM  
Anonymous teacher said...

"Zod said...
I saw some draft talk in the mix here. A couple of things you should take notice of in the NFL draft. You do not draft linebackers in the top five. They are a number 15 pick at the earliest. I still would not take one then."

WOW - I'm sure the Giants and Bears are glad they didn't have someone with your theories running their drafts when they took:
Lawrence Taylor 2nd pick in the first round
Dick Butkus - 3rd pick in the first round

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ricky was NOT away from the game since 05. Ricky had played in the CFL, so its not like he hasnt been on the field in 2 years.

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not curse. I do not use bad grammar. I get my posts delted. I would like to know why. What is up with Joe Toledo?


11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ricky has been out of football a couple years.

Went to Canada & had a few yards in 2 games doing very poorly ... THEN broke his arm.

That ain't football ... even for a Dolphin!!

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CFL is higher caliber, that's why Williams didn't do well

2:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Williams ran for 100 yards in his first CFL game. What are you guys talking about?

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Chatman hurt, Ricky will play. What is up with the TD machine Lorenzo Booker? Get him the ball too. As far as the draft goes, no LB should be gotten in the first rd unless you pick 20th overall or later. Same with free agency, lb getting the big contract like porter did is stupid considering the salary cap. This team needs WR, TE, OT, D line, CB's. the first overall pick should be dealt down picking up and additional 1st rd'r and other picks in the 2,3 rd. Neither Surtain nor Madison were 1st rd picks. You gotta be smart and do your homework before hand. I think the scouting department is what should be overhauled first. Jimbo

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

draft talk the anonymous who said we need a pass rusher is right chris long would be a stud.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know why Lorenzo Booker is not playing or being mentioned?

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont know about ricky playing, he has not played for about a year, dolphins need to wait, any ways jessie has done some great things in the running game but i want the dolphins to kick the steelers ass though

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what I would like to see for next years team cause I saw some draft ideas posted.

QB-John Beck
RB-Ricky Williams-Ronnie Brown
WR-Ted Ginn Jr
WR-BEST #1 Reciever out of College
SlotReciever-Alonzo Booker(SPEEDY)
Tight End-2nd-rd pick Best College TE
Keep same offensive line and coaches.
We need stability everywhere, to many changes every year.

On Defense-
We get our top safties back from injury and J. Allen is looking good as well

Use second 2nd round pick(Chambers) and all other pics on Defensive players.
Trade marty Booker and get a 3rd rounder so we will have two 3rd rounders also.
Thats 5 pics in top 100 players.

Ricky Williams is going to be Great and he has grown up, watch out defenses with the New offense next year.


11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously,should this bunch of losers be allowed to be on national TV ?
Give me a break!I trew up the last time I took a peak at those morons!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After crybabies Shulas comment, the Dolphins have no other fate than to continue their embarrassing, winless season to it's ultimate and just conclusion remaining winless for an entire season while the dignififed and undisputed best team in the history of the NFL not only go undefeated for an entire NFL season but smash the short season win record the Dolphins. Shula always was and always will be a joke. Landry was the class coach and the had the best win record of that day. If Landry had coached for as many years as Shula did, Shula would not even be remembered today as he would have been just another also ran. Shula continues to be an embarrassment to the NFL and should just sit down, shut up and fade away along with his short season win record.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Matthew Gonzalez said...

These are my sentiments exactly. The second I heard they were going to cut Thomas--not a surprise to me--all I could think was, "Don't go to New England...please..."

8:56 AM  

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