Preseason Wraps Up

The Dolphins closed out the preseason with a 17-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Sun Life Stadium, but what stood out wasn't what anybody did in the game but rather the large number of players who sat out.

Check out this list:

For the Dolphins, it was Chad Henne, Davone Bess, Brandon Marshall, Vontae Davis, Reggie Bush, Sean Smith, Lousaka Polite, Yeremiah Bell, Kevin Burnett, Mike Pouncey, Karlos Dansby, Richie Incognito, Kendall Langford, Marc Colombo, Vernon Carey, Jake Long, Anthony Fasano, Cameron Wake, Randy Starks, Paul Soliai and Jason Taylor who sat out the game.

That's a whopping total of 21 players, including 20 of the 22 starters. The only two players listed as started on the depth chart who played for the Dolphins were wide receiver Brian Hartline and linebacker Koa Misi.

Hard to believe, but the Cowboys' list of players sitting out was even longer. It featured 31 names, includes Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware and Dez Bryant.

In other words, this was a battle of reserves.

The Dolphins won this battle of reserves thanks to touchdowns by Larry Johnson (22-yard run) and Jeron Mastrud (18-yard pass from Matt Moore), to go along with a 50-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter.

The defense gave up only a David Buehler field goal and also came up with a big play on Dallas' first drive when Will Allen tipped a pass in the end zone and Tyrone Culver came down with the interception.

The victory gave the Dolphins a 3-1 preseason record. That gives the Dolphins an impressive 12-4 in the preseason under Coach Tony Sparano.

Now, the games start for real in 11 days when the Patriots come to Sun Life Stadium for a Monday night game.


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