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PREGAME NOTES: Pouncey To Miss First Career Start; Other Notes

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Garner gets starts at center and rookie Brenner starts at left guard.



Third-year center Mike Pouncey will miss the first start of his career for the Miami Dolphins today due to an illness and is being replaced by veteran Nate Garner. Rookie Sam Brenner, who was activated off the practice squad yesterday, will take over at left guard for Garner.

Two of Miami’s key defensive players that missed last week’s game at Tampa Bay – linebacker Koa Misi and cornerback Dimitri Patterson, are both active today.

Rookie guard Dallas Thomas is making his NFL debut after being inactive for the first nine games. Joining Pouncey on the inactive list are third-string quarterback Pat Devlin, rookie running back Mike Gillislee, rookie cornerback Will Davis, offensive lineman David Arkin, right tackle Jonathan Martin and defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui.

For the Chargers, quarterback Brad Sorensen, wide receiver/kick returner Lavelle Hawkins, strong safety Brandon Taylor, offensive tackle Mike Remmers, offensive tackle King Dunlap, defensive tackle Kwame Geathers and outside linebacker Adrian Robinson are inactive. Rookie D.J. Fluker is starting at left tackle for Dunlap, Johnnie Troutman is starting at left guard for Chad Rinehart, Rinehart is starting at right guard for Jeromey Clary and Clary is starting at right guard in place of Fluker.

THIS AND THAT

Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake, linebacker Jason Trusnik and right guard John Jerry are today’s team captains and today’s honorary team captains are former Miami Dolphins wide receivers Chris Chambers and O.J. McDuffie and running back Tony Nathan. … Grammy Award-winning artist Darius Rucker, a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, will be singing the National Anthem. … The United States Southern Command Honor Guard is presenting today’s colors. … And the halftime entertainment is a U.S. Military Tribute six days after Veterans Day, with a live salute from military stationed in Afghanistan and the Black Diamond Jet Team.

KUDOS TO THE GROUNDS CREW

Anybody who was in attendance last night for the international soccer match between Brazil and Honduras might start thinking it was all a dream judging by how the field at Sun Life Stadium looks. The grounds crew is to thank for that.

Less than 16 hours before kickoff between the Dolphins and Chargers, a World Cup-caliber soccer pitch was in place and the stands were filled with yellow Brazil jerseys and blue Honduras jerseys. There also were large Brazilian and Honduran national flags making the rounds, yet now the Dolphins logo is back at midfield and the only remnants of that exciting soccer match are slight outlines of the circles above where each goal was.
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