Brady Has Reason To Be Concerned

The Miami Dolphins are no pushovers even when they're heavy underdogs. Just ask Tom Brady. New England hosts Brady's nemesis -- Jason Taylor -- and the one-win Dolphins who would like nothing more than to derail Brady's perfect season.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has at least one reason not to take the 1-13 Dolphins too lightly on Sunday, and he's wearing No. 99.

Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, coming off a sensational game in last week's 22-16 victory over the Ravens, was voted into his fourth straight Pro Bowl Tuesday, where he'll join Brady -- the starting AFC quarterback -- and seven other members of the 14-0 Patriots.

Taylor usually saves his best for Brady, sacking him 8.5 times, the most of any other quarterback.

However, for the first time in his six trips to Honolulu, Taylor was voted in as a reserve behind Tennessee's Kyle Vanden Bosch and Kansas City's Jared Allen. Also a first, Taylor will not be accompanied by a teammate as Miami won't have a starter for the first season since 1997.

Rookie receiver Ted Ginn Jr. got a pity vote as the AFC's third alternate kick returner, despite being tied for sixth in the conference with a 10.1 punt return that was boosted by his 87-yard touchdown return against the Eagles last month.

Granted, 1-13 teams generally don't land too many players on the Pro Bowl roster. Just five years ago, the Dolphins sent seven players to the annual all-star game.

Taylor, 33, who had a blocked field goal and two sacks Sunday to give him 10, earned his sixth Pro Bowl berth, three less than Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino for the franchise lead.

Actually, Taylor's selection could be questioned because of the recent play of Texans blossoming star Mario Williams, who has 13 sacks.

Whether Taylor is at full speed Sunday is debatable. He was seen sporting crutches and a walking boot on his left foot at his annual charity ping-pong event Monday night. However, Taylor is the Cal Ripken of defensive ends, and expects to make his 129th straight start Sunday, a franchise record.

Other than reaching double-digits in sacks for the sixth time, Taylor -- the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year -- has 48 tackles, four forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles and his eighth career interception return for a touchdown.

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