James faces old team

Veteran guard Jeno James dismissed the idea that Sunday's game against Carolina has special meaning for him because he spent four seasons with the Panthers, but there was downplaying the memories of going to the Super Bowl in the 2003 season.

"I have a lof special memories playing with a person like Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster and the offensive line that we had," James said Wednesday. "It was awesome just being around with those guys."

James was a starter on that Carolina team that lost to New England in the Super Bowl two seasons ago, as was cornerback Reggie Howard. New safety Travares Tillman was a backup and he was inactive for all three of Carolina's playoff games that year.

As was the case in 2003, the strength of Carolina's team this year is the running game and the defense.

Carolina has two good running gacks in Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster, guys James played with.

"We had a great year that year when we went to the Super Bowl, so I know how good of backs they are," James said.

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Coach Nick Saban said Wednesday he hadn't decided how he would use the offensive tackles against Carolina, but left open the possibility that Damion McIntosh, Vernon Carey and Stockar McDougle all could see action.

McIntosh and Carey started against the Jets, but McDougle stepped into the right tackle spot in the second half with Carey moving from right to left tackle.

Saban has insisted that McDougle saw action on merit and not because of anything McIntosh was or wasn't doing, but the reality is McIntosh simply couldn't handle Jets defensive end John Abraham last Sunday.

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The Dolphins continue to be in good shape, health-wise, with running back Sammy Morris (shoulder) the only player on the team's official injury report. Morris is listed as questionable.


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