Friday notes

There's no way of telling how much Nick Saban's philosophy of limiting hitting in training camp has to do with this, but the Dolphins have done very well so far this season when it comes to avoiding significant injuries. This week, for example, they've had only one player listed on their official injury report, that being running back Sammy Morris.

And even then, Morris was upgraded from questionable to probable on Friday and he no longer was wearing the red jersey given to players not to be hit during practice.

Think about it, by this time last year Larry Chester already had been lost for the season with a knee injury. The Dolphins this year have yet to have a significant injury during the regular season.

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The NFL has announced the dates and times for the Saints' home games this season, and the Dolphins' Oct. 30 game was scheduled for the same day, but at 4:05 p.m. instead of 1 p.m.

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Saban continues to refuse to say who will start at tackle for Sunday's game against Carolina, although word is it again will be Vernon Carey and Damion McIntosh. Remember that Saban said earlier this week he just might use his three tackles (Stockar McDougle is the other) again this week.

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Sunday's game against Carolina has been declared a sellout and will be televised in South Florida. The Dolphins haven't had a home game blacked out in the regular season since 1998 (against St. Louis), although the playoff game against Baltimore following the 2001 season was blacked out.

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