Henne believes he can play through left shoulder injury
The Miami Dolphins will attempt to address many
problem points during their bye week.
There are issues to fix on defense, particularly
in pass coverage. There are issues to address on offense, particularly
the continued struggles to score touchdowns in the red zone.
And now there's more uncertainty for a team that
already has plenty to worry about. Quarterback Chad Henne suffered a
left shoulder injury during his team's 26-16 loss to the Chargers on
Henne left the game in the first quarter after he
gained 1 yard and ran into several defenders during a broken play. His
backup, Matt Moore, entered and performed admirably, leading the
Dolphins on their first -- and only -- touchdown drive.
Moore completed 17 of his 26 attempts for 167
yards, throwing an interception that ended the Dolphins' final drive.
Though Moore had some nice moments, he didn't play well enough to make
up for the loss of Henne, who's had early-season success.
Henne wanted to return to the game, he said, but
doctors told him he'd face too much risk by re-entering. After Henne
finished up his postgame interviews, a member of the Dolphins' training
staff helped Henne's left (non-throwing) arm into a sling.
Henne said shoulder injuries are nothing new to
him. He told reporters about how he'd played with an injured shoulder
during his high school career, and also during his college days at
"I've done it before. I expect to do it," said
Henne, who has a 79.0 passer rating after four games. "Put me in the
Henne dismissed the notion that he could miss
extended time because of the injury. He was scheduled to undergo tests
Monday after the team returned from San Diego.
"One thing is I'm tough," Henne said, "and things
like this won't hinder me."
He seemed less concerned about his long-term
health Sunday than he did about the Dolphins' fourth consecutive loss.
Henne watched the majority of it from the sideline, and from his
vantage point, he saw the same mistakes.
"We're not all doing the right things," Henne
said. "It's just all taking responsibility for our job and doing our
job to the best of our ability each play."
When the Dolphins return from their bye week to
play at the New York Jets on Monday, Oct. 17, Henne is hoping he has
the chance to be on the field, doing his job, despite his injury.
TRENDING: Big plays -- both a lack of them on
offense and allowing too many on defense -- continue to hurt the
Dolphins. On Sunday, the Chargers ran five plays that gained at least
20 yards. Three of those were pass plays that went for at least 40
yards, including a 55-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to a
wide-open Vincent Jackson.
LINEUP WATCH: After missing the first two games of
the season, rookie H-back Charles Clay made his debut Sept. 25 during
the Dolphins' loss at Cleveland. However, he made his first real
contribution Sunday against the Chargers. Clay caught his first NFL
pass and finished with two catches for 34 yards. He caught both of the
passes for which he was targeted.
--CB Sean Smith was beaten on a 55-yard touchdown
pass from Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson. Smith bit on a double move
and became entangled with S Yeremiah Bell, allowing Jackson to be wide
--C Mike Pouncey left the game briefly in the
second half with what appeared to be a left knee injury. He limped off
but then returned for the next series.
--WR Brandon Marshall continues to have problems
holding onto passes. He dropped two more Sunday against the Chargers.
Both passes would have been for first downs, and one, he said, could
have gone for a touchdown. He finished with five catches for 52 yards.
--WR Davone Bess had his best punt return of the
season against the Chargers. It went for 22 yards and set up a field
goal for the Dolphins.
--PK Dan Carpenter had his best game of the
season. He made all three of his field-goal attempts, including a
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