Dolphins in opener and on Thanksgiving slate

The Dolphins' surge at the end of the 2005 season has made them a team to watch next season, and the NFL acknowledged as much when they decided to make Miami the opponent for defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh for the first game of the 2006 season.

That game will be played on Thursday, Sept. 7 and will be televised by NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The league also has announced that the Dolphins, as expected, will face the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving at 12:30 p.m.

That matchup was expected because, based on a long-running rotation, it was Detroit's turn to host an AFC opponent on Thanksgiving, and the only two on the Lions' 2006 schedule were the Dolphins and the Bills.

The rest of the NFL schedule will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

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The Dolphins will have University of Texas quarterback Vince Young in for a private workout April 9-10.

The move certainly is intriguing because Young is expected to be a top 10 pick and the Dolphins have the 16th overall selection. And one would think the Dolphins would be reluctant to make a trade to move up because they've already surrendered their second-round choice in the trade to acquire quarterback Daunte Culpepper.

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