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POPE HOSPITALIZED
Dolphins linebacker Derrick Pope, who has been starting at outside linebacker a lot this season because of Channing Crowder's need to move inside due to the injury of Zach Thomas, has been taken to the emergency room earlier this morning.  All we know right now is that it's a non-football related issue.  Here's what Cam Cameron had to say:

"We're gathering information. Obviously Derrick's somebody that we care a lot about. I'll find out more but I don't want to speculate on what the situation is."

Derrick's agent, Adisa Bakari, had the following to say:

"All the reports that his hospitalization had to do with drugs are completely false. I got word from the Dolphins that's what they're trying to say down there in the media. He's fine. People are human beings, and they get sick sometimes."

"Unfortunately, with athletes, people automatically assume something perverse. That's the only thing I'm going to say."

When he was pressed more on the issue, Bakari said, "In this situation, I'm telling you it's not anything perverse, without going into any more detail. He's fine."

We wish all the best to Pope and his family.  Hopefully it's nothing too serious, like his agent is leading us to believe.

RICKY LOOKING SHARP
Even though Cam Cameron has been pretty quiet about his plans for Ricky on Monday night, backup Dolphins running back Samkon Gado thinks Ricky will be a major factor.  Here's what Gado had to say about Williams:

"I don't want to jump the gun, but it would be a shock to me if he wasn't playing Monday. He looks that good."

"I was thoroughly impressed with him. I had to go up to him and ask, 'What have you been doing the last year? Is there some league we haven't heard of?'"

"He doesn't even look like he has to get used to the system. It looks like he's been in training camp with us."

Those are certainly some encouraging words from Gado.  Now, nobody knows for sure how good Ricky has looked in practice and nobody can really even make a guess as to if and how Ricky will be used against Pittsburgh.  However, with Jesse Chatman continuing to be limited in practice and walking with a noticable limp, it would seem like Ricky could very well be on track to step into a big role on Monday night.

Run, Ricky, Run!!