Dolphins Green Out for Sunday

The Dolphins veteran won't play against the Cleveland Browns, putting Cleo Lemon on the spot. Plus more notes from the Miami camp as the Dolphins get ready for Cleveland...

A day after Dolphins quarterback Trent Green was knocked unconscious and sustained his second concussion in the past 13 months, the question remains: Will Green retire?

The Dolphins announced that Green sustained another Grade 3 concussion, the most serious of the levels, which basically means he was out cold.

He is definitely out for Sunday's road game against the 2-3 Cleveland Browns, and will be replaced by Cleo Lemon, who will be making his second career NFL start. Rookie John Beck is the backup.

Lemon did little to shed his career backup label in his nondescript relief role Sunday.

Green missed eight games last year after Bengals defensive tackle Robert Geathers leveled him in the Chiefs' season opener with his first Grade 3 concussion. Green passed a battery of neurological tests and opted to return for his 14th NFL season when his former Redskins quarterbacks coach -- Cam Cameron -- wanted him to lead the Dolphins for a few seasons until Beck was ready to step in.

Green is 37 and playing on an 0-5 team heading nowhere fast. He has made millions of dollars and is a family man with three young children. It would be hard to imagine him returning to risk premature brain damage as several recent studies on former NFL players with multiple concussions have concluded.

Cameron wouldn't speculate on Green's future. He did reveal that Green's wife, Julie, was spared from witnessing the vicious collision, as she was at a tennis match.

Green released a statement.

"I want to thank everyone for their expression of concern over the last 24 hours, especially my teammates and coaches. I also want to convey my appreciation to the Dolphins and Texans trainers and doctors, as well as the people at Methodist Hospital, for their help in treating me yesterday.

"Our medical staff is coordinating further evaluation and testing for me this week."

Green hasn't regained his Pro Bowl form of 2005, when he threw for over 4,000 yards for the third straight season. Whether it's a combination of age or last year's concussion, other than money, why continue to risk further hits to his head?

Green is third in the NFL with seven interceptions and has the second-to-last worst passer rating of 72.6 -- nearly 14 points below his career mark. He seemed gun shy in the pocket, often getting rid of the ball at just the hint of pressure and mostly taking quick, three-step drops before checking down to his running backs. That partially explains why RB Ronnie Brown leads all running backs with 25 catches and backup Jesse Chatman tied a season career high with 10 catches in the first two games.

The irony is that Raiders quarterback Daunte Culpepper ended his short-lived, injury-plagued stint with the Dolphins on the same Reliant Stadium field in Game 4 last season when he reinjured his surgically repaired knee.

The same should be said of Green.


--DE Jason Taylor finally flashed some of his 2006 Defensive Player of the Year form with two sacks and a caused fumble. Taylor hadn't had a sack or a forced fumble since the season opener against the Redskins. He has 109 career sacks and moves past Pat Swilling into 16th place on the all-time list.

"No, it's still a loss the way I look at it. No matter how you get there, we still arrived with the same result, so people can take moral victories if they want. They didn't run for 300 yards, so big whoop, we still lost the game.'' - Taylor, on taking solace in his efforts.

--The Dolphins have started 0-5 just three times in their history, including 2004 (4-12) and their inaugural season of 1966 when they finished 3-11.

--Coach Cam Cameron's 0-5 start matches the worst start every by a first-year Dolphins coach. George Wilson directed the '66 team to an 0-5 start.

--K Jay Feely made all four of his field-goal attempts Sunday, including a 48-yarder, and has now made 21 consecutive field goals dating back to last season. Still, Cameron wouldn't let Feely attempt the potential 56-yard game-winner with 1:51 remaining.

Cameron's counterpart, Texans coach Gary Kubiak, showed more confidence in his kicker and was rewarded when Brown nailed the game-winning, career-long 57-yarder with one second left. Brown tied an NFL record with three kicks over 50 yards, and set a record with three kicks 54 yards or longer (54, 54, 57).

"I said, 'You dog, I wanted that kick,'" Feely told Brown, a good friend of his.

--C Samson Satele hurt his neck at the end of the third quarter and was replaced by right guard Rex Hadnot. Converted tackle Anthony Alabi took Hadnot's spot. Satele's condition wasn't updated Monday.

--LB Zach Thomas has missed the last two games while recovering from a concussion but his return was obvious as the Dolphins' 32nd-ranked run defense stuffed the shorthanded Texans for just 74 yards on 2.6 yards per carry to improve their rank to 31st. They had been giving up 199.3 yards per game before Sunday. Thomas had nine tackles and made several key stops.

--SS Cameron Worrell made his first start in his five seasons and although he led the team with 11 tackles, many of those tackles had to do with Worrell playing too soft in the zone and arriving late to the ball. He and CB Michael Lehan were targeted by Matt Schaub, particularly on the game-winning drive in which he completed four of five passes to get K Kris Brown into field-goal range.

--LB Channing Crowder missed his first game as a pro because of a sprained ankle but Thomas' return seemed to offset his absence. Also, Derrick Pope made his second straight start, but it was NT Keith Traylor's eight tackles that really stifled Houston's running attack. That's Taylor's highest tackle total in his three seasons in Miami.

--DT Rodrique Wright, a second-year player out of Texas, made his first NFL start and recovered his first fumble when Jason Taylor sacked and stripped Schaub. He split time with rookie Paul Soliai and undrafted DT Steve Fifita. Wright, who was on the field when the Dolphins expected a pass, had three tackles and a pass defensed.

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