The big news going on with this teams player injuries is, Chad Henne’s dislocated shoulder during week 4 of the 2011 regular season requires season ending surgery. There is no way he will be able to heal up and be back in uniform any time this year. This is more bad news for this 0-4 team, chances of postseason play are pretty much non-existent, since all the other teams in the AFC eastern division look like solid playoff contenders.
Sources are saying that Henne has played his last game for this team. His contract runs out this season, and this was his year to either secure his job by living up to the flashes of potential he has shown in the few years he has played for the team.
The Dolphins will likely have a good draft choice after what looks to be a losing season, and they will almost assuredly go after a premiere quarterback in the draft, unless they can pull off a stunning trade for a veteran superstar. Right now the starting job will go to Matt Moore who did a half way decent job coming into the game for Henne last week, although, like Henne, in earlier weeks, was not able to do what it takes to win the game in the last quarter.
Matt Moore will be the sixteenth player to start since Dan Marino retired 12 years ago. Most pundits are not looking for Moore to be the spark which lights a fire to miraculously salvage their season. Head coach Tony Sparano, who, according to rumors, will likely not make it through the season, dealt with player injuries by bringing in several quarterbacks to take a look at them to see who would be the best back up for Moore.
He went with Sage Rosenfels, a former backup QB from 2002 to 2005. Rosenfels is actually one of the players on that list of post Marino era Dolphin starting quarterbacks. He started 1 game in 2004 and another in 2005. He was placed on the injured reserve list for the Giants during preseason this season, due to being hospitalized with a blood disorder. He passed his physical and will suit up in aqua and orange against the Jets on week six.
Even with a healthy Henne, most analysts assume that they would be lucky to even make it the .500 mark, after starting out with four successive losses. That projection has only intensified since Henne’s departure from the field. I know that I will not be looking forward to using my Dolphins tickets to their next game.
You can expect to see Henne on the sidelines with a clip board helping to coach and counsel Moore, and possibly Rosenfels, if a switch is made, but that should be the extent of Henne’s future contribution to the team. With this bye week helping banged up players to heal up, and barring any injuries in practice, the Henne saga is the full extent of all the player injuries.