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Marshall Ruled Inactive, Along With Others

Despite practicing on a limited basis this week, the Dolphins have ruled out their star receiver Brandon Marshall for todays game. Marshall has been battling a hamstring injury for the past four weeks now, and is hoping to get back to full strength for the New York Jets game next week in New York.

I’m also expecting both Channing Crowder and Al Harris to be announced inactive for todays game, since they were listed as doubtful to play today, and did not practice this week. Here are the rest of the inactives for the Fins:

Miami Dolphins: Brandon Marshall, Channing Crowder Al Harris, Matt Kopa, Eric Ghiaciuc, Ryan Baker, Chris Baker and Mickey Shuler.

Cleveland Browns:  QB Colt McCoy, WR Jordan Norwood, WR Carlton Mitchell, WR Demetrius Williams, TE Alex Smith, DE Jayme Mitchell, DE Brian Sanford, LB Scott Fujita.

The big names for the Browns are McCoy and Fujita. McCoy is their sparkplug on offense when he was healthy this year, and along with running back Peyton Hillis, was the main reason for the Browns upsetting both the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots. With Jake Delhomme getting the start in his place, Cleveland;s quarterback play should be shaky at best today.

As for linebacker Scott Fujita, he is one of their best linebackers and run stuffers this season. Without him the Dolphins should have an easier go at running the ball up the gut. Look for the R&R Express to get going early on.

With Marshall out today, look for Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace to get increased touches as well, just as they did last week. Davone Bess should be the main receiver today, coming off of a 111 yard day last week.

With both Ryan and Chris Baker ruled inactive, this means we will see Philip Merling for the first time this season. Last year he showed me early on in the year that he could make plays, but with the injury setback during the off-season, will he be able to come back at full-speed?

With Channing Crowder out, Tim Dobbins will be replacing him as the starter opposite Karlos Dansby, who is playing with turf toe and a wrist injury as well today. Needless to say the Dolphins are banged up still.

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