Thursday notes

Matt Turk's injured groin continues to be a problem and the Dolphins might find themselves having to go with a different punter in Sunday's season opener. Turk didn't punt on 11-on-11 drills and he was downgraded from probable for the opener against Denver to questionable.

If Turk's groin problem prevents him from kicking Sunday, the Dolphins do have a couple of options.

First, they could always sign Donnie Jones off the practice squad, although that would require them to release a player to make room on the roster -- obviously, the Dolphins would re-sign that player once Turk is healthy, but they would run the risk of that player signing with another team in the interim.

The other option is to have Olindo Mare do the punting. Mare has punted nine times with a very respectable 42.9 average during his career with the Dolphins, but he hasn't punted in a game since 1999.

Everybody else on the Dolphins roster is healthy and ready to go.

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The Dolphins have elected their team captains and the selections should be fairly obvious.

On offense, the captains will be QB Gus Frerotte and WR Chris Chambers; it will be DE Jason Taylor and LB Zach Thomas on defense; and it will be Wes Welker on special teams.

"Obviously, I am very pleased with that group," said Coach Nick Saban, "but, as I told the team, we want everybody to be responsible to play the right notes, to contribute and be responsible for what their role is, so the orchestra sounds good."

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The Dolphins have been granted a one-day extension for the television blackout deadline. As of Thursday afternoon, a "few thousand" tickets remained unsold. They must be sold by 1 p.m. on Friday for the local television blackout to be lifted.

The Dolphins haven't had a regular season home game blacked out since 1998, although the 2001 playoff game against Baltimore was blacked out.

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The Dolphins reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Derrius Thompson. Thompson, who was placed on IR on Saturday with a hamstring injury, is now free to sign with any team.


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