Dolphins likely without starting LB, NT vs. Patriots

BY foxsports • November 7, 2009

Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder and nose tackle Jason Ferguson are listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

Both have been limited in practice this week, including Friday. Crowder missed last week's win against the New York Jets with a left shoulder injury, and Ferguson has an elbow injury.

Coach Tony Sparano hedged when asked if he's optimistic Crowder will play.

"I'm kind of right in the middle right now," Sparano said. "He's done some work. Whether or not it's enough work, I'm not sure."

Reggie Torbor would again replace Crowder in the lineup. Torbor tied for the team high with seven tackles against the Jets.

"I feel really good about the guy I have going in the game if Channing Crowder does not play," Sparano said.

Paul Soliai would make the first start of his three-year career if Ferguson doesn't play.

"The good news is that Paul's been playing more and more and more each game," Sparano said.