Dolphins’ Henne to Miss Rest of Season

Henne decided to have shoulder surgery and was placed on the injured reserve list Thursday.

The Dolphins replaced him on the roster by signing the veteran quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who was released Tuesday by the Giants after recovering from a blood disorder that sent him to the hospital in August.

Henne separated his left shoulder when tackled on a busted play in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss at San Diego. The game might have been Henne’s last with Miami because his contract expires after the season.

“It’s really disappointing,” Coach Tony Sparano said. ”The kid’s got a lot invested in this thing with the team.”

Matt Moore took over against the Chargers and will make his first start for the Dolphins in their next game, Oct. 17 against the Jets.

Henne lost his past seven starts for the Dolphins, who are 0-4 with a bye this week.

Moore took 150 snaps during three days of practice this week. The only other healthy quarterback with the team was the rookie Pat Devlin, a member of the practice squad.

“It’s Matt’s job; we’ve got to get Matt ready to go,” Sparano said. ”He’s a confident guy — a little different swagger to him when he gets in the huddle.”

Moore is a fourth-year pro with 23 career starts, all with Carolina. Last year, he went 1-4 as a starter before a right shoulder injury ended his season.

A second-round draft pick in 2008, Henne has thrown 31 touchdown passes and 37 interceptions in 36 games. As a starter, he is 13-18.

MANNING STILL HAS HOPE Peyton Manning will return to the Colts’ sideline Sunday.

He still cannot save Indianapolis’s sinking season yet.

Manning, a four-time league M.V.P., told reporters that he was progressing well from his latest neck surgery. Doctors have given Manning the O.K. to stand with his teammates this weekend when they host the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I’ve got breaking news, I’m coming down to the sideline,” Manning blurted out with a smile as he walked to his locker Thursday. “I’ve been cleared to come down there.”

Manning said the current plan was to take X-rays every four weeks so that doctors can monitor how the fusion is healing.

Manning says he could still return to the practice field later this year.

“I think you have to have hope until the doctors rule you out,” he said.

The Colts need a win Sunday against Kansas City (1-3) to avoid their first 0-5 start since 1997.

SHOCKEY EXPECTS TO PLAY Jeremy Shockey is not going to let a mild concussion keep him out of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Shockey, a four-time Pro Bowl tight end, returned to practice for Carolina and says he expects to play against his former team.

Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said that Shockey’s status “looks very promising,” but that Shockey needed to be cleared by an independent doctor.

Miami Dolphins 2010

        <p>In his third year as the head man of the Miami Dolphins, head coach Tony Sparano is looking to take his team to past the 7-9 record last season but will have to close what was perceived as the most porous secondary in football. That being said, the Dolphins have turned to former Denver defensive coordinator Mike Nolan who has begun implementing a hybrid version of the 3-4 defense that is surely to include phases of his 2-4-5 defensive scheme that should keep offense&rsquo;s on guard.</p>
        <p>In the draft, the franchise selected Penn State DE Jared Odrick with the 28th overall selection, Koa Misi, a Utah OLB with the 40th overall selection and Ole Miss G John Jerry with the 73rd overall selection.</p>
        <p>Fourth string QB Chad Pennington has recovered from his shoulder surgery and claims he is at pre-draft levels in almost every category.  &quot;I feel really good, just trying to get back athletically to where I was as a rookie,&quot; said Pennington, 34. &quot;I think that’s where you can really make some strides. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you can’t hit those numbers again.&quot;</p>
        <p>In a trade that brought WR Brandon Marshall to the Dolphins from Denver, Marshall has been his own worst critic recently as the team moves through scrimmages. Marshall dropped a couple of catchable passes. &quot;No excuses,&quot; Marshall said. &quot;I was brought in here to make those plays. &hellip; I didn’t prepare myself coming out today, mentally or physically, and I am disappointed. Disappointed in my play and disappointed in the way I let my teammates down.&quot;</p>
        <p>Be sure to get your tickets to the next Dolphins game and cheer your team on to victory!</p>