It's gameday - and not a moment too soon. Of course, the wait continues as kickoff isn't until 4:15 this afternoon. Luckily there are plenty of other games to watch to pass the time. Unfortunately none of these games are particularly exciting matchups. Personally I'll probably be flipping between the Jaguars/Raiders and Steelers/Bengals.
This is where I'll post the official inactives list once it becomes available. But two players we know will not be playing today are Brian Hartline and Vernon Carey. Hartline was placed on Injured Reserve yesterday, ending his season. Carey, meanwhile, did not even make the trip up to Jersey for the game.
Update: The Dolphins have announced their inactives. They are S Nate Ness, OLB Ike Alama-Francis, OT Vernon Carey, OL Eric Ghiaciuc, OT Matt Kopa, TE Mickey Shuler, DE Ryan Baker, and DT Chris Baker.
That means Miami's key players who were listed as questionable, including Brandon Marshall and Sean Smith, will play today.
Starting Lineup News
Davone Bess will now move into the starting lineup, replacing the injured Hartline. And there's a surprising report from the NY Daily News that the Jets will put Darrelle Revis on Bess, leaving Antonio Cromartie to cover Brandon Marshall.
At right tackle, the Dolphins will start Lydon Murtha in place of the injured Carey. Rookie John Jerry could see some action at right tackle as well. Pat McQuistan will again start at right guard.
From my own perspective, it's nasty here in Jersey. I live about 30 minutes south of the Meadowlands and it's been windy and rainy since I woke up. The weather for East Rutherford will not be any better at 4 pm this afternoon. The forecast calls for rain and wind pretty much all game, with temperatures in the low 50s.
Matty's Key Player
Nobody is under more pressure today than Chad Henne. The Jets can stop the run as good as any team in the league. And with this bad weather, they will likely focus even more on stuffing the run. Henne, whose job and future is on the line here these final four games, is going to have to protect the football and make plays. Let's see if he's up to the challenge.
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