Henne unfazed by din of the Dome

Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne hasn't played against the Vikings, but he has experience operating in the noisy confines of the Metrodome.

Don't try to scare Chad Henne with tales of the noisy Metrodome.

The Miami Dolphins' quarterback actually has positive memories of the place after leading Michigan to a 28-14 road win over Minnesota as a college junior in 2006. Henne went 17-of-24 passing for 284 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions that day. His passer rating of 150 was the second-highest of his four-year career.

"I think it's fun," Henne said of the Metrodome, where the Dolphins will play the Vikings on Sunday. "It can get very loud, but that thing is great. As a quarterback, I mean, there's no wind. You're just throwing on the air out there and it feels good for a quarterback."

Of course, the Dolphins and Vikings won't be playing for the Little Brown Jug at a place where the Dolphins are 0-3 all-time.

Thursday's practice was held outdoors with simulated crowd noise pumped in via speakers. It was the fifth time in the past two weeks the Dolphins practiced with noise blaring; they also had to prepare for rowdy Buffalo in Week 1.

"I've never played in the Metrodome but I've played in some domes before," Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. "I know it gets pretty loud up there, but hey, if we're playing in Indianapolis and you can't hear ... it's all the same. You can't hear, so you have to communicate well."

The Dolphins are 2-2 under Tony Sparano in regular-season dome games, but that includes a neutral-site win over the Bills at Toronto in 2008. The losses came in the season opener last year in Atlanta and 31-10 at Arizona in Game 2 of the Sparano era.

BY THE NUMBERS: 32 — Career rushing touchdowns for RB Ronnie Brown. With his next one he will tie Karim Abdul-Jabbar for the third-most in team history.

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Unhappy with the performance of the Dolphins special teams at Buffalo, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano reached back for a familiar face in OLB Erik Walden, re-signing the core-four special team contributor on Tuesday.

  • ILB Channing Crowder (groin) remained out Thursday, as he has in every practice and game since Aug. 17. Crowder appears to be getting healthier, however, doing his visible rehab work with greater intensity.

  • OLB Ikaika Alama-Francis (illness) missed practice again Thursday, as did DE Jared Odrick (fibula). Alama-Francis was limited to mental reps in between coughing jags. Quentin Moses could help rookie Koa Misi spell Alama-Francis at strong-side linebacker if he can't play Sunday.

  • TE Anthony Fasano will have to "bring his big-boy pads" on Sunday to block against Vikings DEs Ray Edwards and Jared Allen, coach Tony Sparano said. Sparano said Fasano has "come miles" as a run blocker since his early days in Dallas (2006-07) under Sparano.

  • RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams will continue to share carries as the Dolphins seek to keep both veterans fresh through each game and the season. Brown said it would "be selfish" not to remove himself from games when he becomes winded briefly after long runs.

  • DL Tony McDaniel said the 20 snaps he played at Buffalo were the most he'd played since coming to the Dolphins for a seventh-round pick in 2009. McDaniel figures to play more snaps Sunday at Minnesota as he fills in for injured rookie DE Jared Odrick (fibula).

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