Big Break for Dolphins

The Dolphins face a challenging assignment this weekend with a trip to Green Bay to face the Packers, but the good news is they're catching them at perhaps the best time. Not only did the Packers lose Sunday at Washington, they got beat up in the process and could be missing several key players against Miami.

First and foremost, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a question mark because of a concussion he sustained late in the overtime loss against the Redskins.

Rodgers figures to be a question mark all week, but the way concussions are being handled now, it would surprise no one if he was forced to sit out Sunday's game.

If Rodgers does play, he'll be without his top two tight ends, Jermichael Finley (knee) and former Dolphins Donald Lee (shoulder). Starting instead will be rookie Andrew Quarless.

Linebacker Nick Barnett also will be out of action because of a wrist injury, but early NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate Clay Mathews might play despite a hamstring injury that kept him out of the latter stages of the Washington game.

Also a question mark for Sunday is nose tackle Ryan Pickett.

If Rodgers can't play Sunday, the starter would be former seventh-round pick Matt Flynn.

Coach Tony Sparano said Monday he was making no assumptions, though. "From our standpoint, we have to prepare like (Rodgers) is playing."

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