Chatman now better, RB starter in air again
Well, while that may still hold true, the situation has become more fluid in the past couple of hours. Seems regular starter Jesse Chatman, limping on a bad ankle since the Philadelphia game last week, has been telling coaches he feels much better now and wants to play.
So now, although it looks like Williams will still figure prominently into Miami's plans, the resurfacing of Chatman -- who did not practice full speed even once this week -- could change how Cam Cameron handles the RB situation.
Now Cameron must weigh not only which player looked best and is healthiest the past week (Williams) but how the ego of another player (Chatman) could be affected by his decision on who starts.
Regardless of which direction Cameron finally leans, Ricky will likely run for the Dolphins again tonight. And it should be interesting to see how he does given his time away from the game, the fact he is 30 years old now, and his relative lack of practice time.
One thing working in Ricky's favor is that this offensive line is perhaps the best and most effective he has run behind since he's been with the Dolphins. Yes, I realize he gained 1,853 behind Tim Ruddy, Jamie Nails, Mark Dixon, Todd Perry and Todd Wade in 2002.
But within 18 months of helping Ricky establish that team-record individual rushing season, all of the players on that line were either off the roster or out of the league altogether. This Miami line helped turn Ronnie Brown from an also-ran to a likely Pro Bowl performer had he remained healthy.
It will be interesting to see what that line does for Ricky.
On another note that could have far-reaching implications, Zach Thomas is traveling with the Dolphins although he is not playing. Why?
Well, the specialist he has been seeing since suffering a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 is in Pittsburgh. So Thomas traveled to Pittsburgh with the team to see the specialist again. I am told the visit is significant because Thomas is at a cross-roads and wants to take one direction or another during this visit.
He is hoping he gets clearance from his specialist so he can resume practicing with the goal of playing again this season. If he does not get clearance, he will consider shutting it down for the remainder of the season.
Thomas, I am told, is optimistic the news will be good and he'll be back practicing later this week. We shall see.