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Porter ruled out of game

Dolphins coach gives no reason

JOEY PORTER Only 2 1/2 sacks this season JOEY PORTER
Only 2 1/2 sacks this season
Associated Press / November 15, 2009

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Joey Porter won’t be making any tackles this week, either.

Less than 24 hours before kickoff, the Dolphins’ outspoken linebacker was ruled out of today’s game against the Buccaneers because of a coach’s decision. The team didn’t give any information about the reason for the move yesterday by coach Tony Sparano.

Porter made no tackles in last week’s loss to the Patriots after calling them cheaters and saying he hated them.

Porter has been slowed most of the season by a sore right hamstring. The four-time Pro Bowler sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday but participated in full drills Friday.

Porter has only 2 1/2 sacks this season, compared with an AFC-high 17 1/2 last year. The usually talkative linebacker declined to speak to local reporters this week, but following Friday’s practice, Sparano praised Porter’s attitude.

“I see no frustration,’’ the coach said. “What I do see is a guy that’s played in enough football games to know, ‘There are some things I need to do better out there.’

“There are a lot of things that people say about Joey that are not always favorable, but one of the good things about Joey is the guy’s a pretty good pro. He takes it personally. The guy cares.’’

Porter missed a game Oct. 4 against Buffalo because of his injury. The Dolphins likely will start Charlie Anderson or Matt Roth in his place.

The Buccaneers will be without receiver Antonio Bryant (knee) and defensive end Stylez G. White (shoulder).

Jenkins questionable
Receiver Michael Jenkins was placed on the Falcons’ injury report as questionable because of an undisclosed illness. To get another wideout on the 53-man roster, the Falcons released running back Aaron Stecker and signed Troy Bergeron from their practice squad. The visiting Falcons will face Carolina potentially without either starting receiver. Pro Bowler Roddy White also is questionable with an injured knee . . . Defensive lineman Ryan McBean (knee) and safety Josh Barrett (hamstring) will miss the Broncos’ game at Washington . . . The Redskins released punter Sam Paulescu, meaning Hunter Smith is ready to return from a right groin injury and kick against the Broncos today. The Redskins also signed safety Lendy Holmes from their practice squad after putting starter Chris Horton on injured reserve because of toe surgery.

Wilson hit with fine
The NFL fined Texans safety Eugene Wilson $5,000 for hitting Colts tight end Dallas Clark during last weekend’s game. Wilson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for the hit, which came in the second quarter and the Colts leading, 13-0. Indianapolis won, 20-17. The NFL said Wilson hit a defenseless receiver.

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