Halftime notes

The Dolphins trailed 17-14 at halftime of Saturday night's preseason game against Tampa Bay, a game that had more excitement than normal for an exhibition game. Here's a rundown of the more interesting things we saw in the first half.

Defensive cameo: As expected, Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas and Keith Traylor made their first appearance of the preseason. The three of them played exactly nine snaps, leaving the game after Tampa Bay's first series.

Hurtin' Dolphins: The first half took a toll physically on the Dolphins, who saw three of their players go down. Backup nose tackle Paul Soliai went out with a knee injury in the second quarter; defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday was banged up; and linebacker Robert McCune limped off the field in the second quarter.

Offensive line shuffle: The Dolphins started the same five up front as in the Kansas City game, but in the second quarter Rex Hadnot moved from right guard to center and replaced rookie Samson Satele, with rookie Drew Mormino taking Hadnot's place at guard. Later in the second quarter, veteran L.J. Shelton replaced Anthony Alabi at right tackle.

Ronnie returns again: Coach Cam Cameron refused all week to see who would be his kickoff returners for this game, and it turned out to be the same guys as the Chiefs game — Ronnie Brown and Jesse Chatman.

Au revoir Rosenthal: Prior to the game, the Dolphins announced they had placed offensive lineman Mike Rosenthal on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury that has kept him out of practice since early August.


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