Dolphins Notebook

Blackout averted for Miami Dolphins game vs. Jets

The Dolphins’ 111-game regular-season streak of avoiding TV blackouts will survive another week.

Granted a 24-hour extension by the NFL, the Dolphins sold the 51,000 tickets required to lift the blackout for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Under a new NFL rule, the Dolphins must sell only 85 percent of non-premium seats for the game to be televised. The team said “good tickets” remain for the game.

The Dolphins said neither the team nor sponsors needed to purchase tickets to lift the blackout.

The Dolphins have not guaranteed that every game will be on local TV, and home games against the Rams, Seahawks, Jaguars, Titans and Bills could be at risk.

Injury update

The Dolphins listed Tony McDaniel (knee) as out and Marlon Moore (hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday’s game. Nine players were listed as probable: Anthony Armstrong, Kevin Burnett, Jonathan Freeny, Richard Marshall, Lamar Miller, Koa Misi, Jared Odrick, Daniel Thomas and Jimmy Wilson. … The Jets listed linebacker Bryan Thomas and fullback John Conner as out, and tight end Dustin Keller as questionable. Cornerback Darrelle Revis (concussion) is probable.

Catching up

Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith called Yeremiah Bell this week to check up on his friend and former teammate. But one topic was off limits, Smith said: Sunday’s game.

Bell spent eight years with the Dolphins before joining the Jets in the off-season. “He’s missed, the knowledge you get from him,” Smith said. “He was the ultimate pro.”

The Dolphins cut Bell in March believing he had lost a step and confident that Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons were ready for larger roles.

Jones and Clemons have been solid so far, with the linebackers and cornerbacks mostly responsible for breakdowns in pass coverage.

Bell is starting and has allowed four of the five passes thrown against him to be completed, for 80 yards, according to Pro Football Focus.

“It’s going to be fun,” Bell told New York reporters. “I’m not putting any extra incentive on it or anything like that. It’s a division game we definitely need to win. I’m still friends with a lot of guys. We’ll have our laughs before the game, but only before. When the game starts, there are no friends.”

Jones and Clemons said Bell taught them “how to be a pro.” Smith said Bell’s departure essentially forced Miami’s young safeties to grow up.

“We’re not dependent on one guy anymore” to make all the calls, Smith said. “We always looked at Y.B. ‘What are you doing now?’ We depended on him for everything. Reshad and Chris have made a big jump, being more vocal.”

This and that

• Though Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller each have made a case to earn playing time behind Reggie Bush, coach Joe Philbin conceded that “it’s tough” to give carries to three running backs in a competitive game.

• Safety Jimmy Wilson was fined $15,750 for a roughing-the-passer penalty against Oakland.

• Philbin gave a direct answer when asked his team’s weaknesses: “We’ve got to do a better job in the passing game, creating more big plays and limiting them. We have to do a better job creating takeaways on defense and on offense, protecting the ball better.”

He identified “our ability to run the football and stop the run” as Miami’s biggest strengths.

Read more Top Sports Stories stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category