JACKSONVILLE FL - AUGUST 21: Quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of Miami Dolphins runs during a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 21 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Chad Pennington, Chad Henne Reportedly Out For Season, Tyler Thigpen Era Begins In Miami

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Report: Chad Henne, Chad Pennington Out For Season, Tyler Thigpen To Start

Losing Chad Pennington and Chad Henne for today's game against the Titans was bad. Losing them for the season? It's crisis time in Miami.

A source has told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Pennington and Henne "more than likely" suffered season-ending injuries against the Titans, casting a pall over the Dolphins' first home win of the season.

That means Tyler Thigpen, who played well in relief of Pennington and Henne today, will be pressed into service as the Dolphins' starter, likely as early as their Thursday night game against the Bears.

Pennington's injury was to his throwing arm, which collided with tackle Jake Long's helmet during his follow-through on a first quarter pass. Henne suffered a left leg injury on a tackle in the third quarter, and stayed down on the field for several minutes before leaving the field under his own power.

Thigpen has been a starter before. He started 11 games for Kansas City in 2008, throwing for over 2,600 yards and 18 touchdowns while leading the Chiefs to a 1-10 record in his starts. The Chiefs went 2-14 on the season.

Miami, a team with Super Bowl aspirations at this season's outset, will have to hope Thigpen is better in his second stint as a starting quarterback.

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Chad Henne Injury: Second Dolphins QB Knocked Out Of Game Against Titans

Two quarters after newly crowned Miami Dolphins starter Chad Pennington left the field with a right shoulder injury, Chad Henne again relinquished the football, this time due to a knee injury. He headed into the locker room to have his left knee looked at alongside Pennington.

The Dolphins then bought time until the fourth quarter by just running the Wildcat to avoid using third-string QB Tyler Thigpen. According to one of the NFL’s most confusing rules, if a team plays its third-stringer before the fourth quarter, it can’t return its second-stringer for the rest of the game. Luckily, Miami’s is the NFL’s offense best prepared to operate without a quarterback, as they do this kind of thing on purpose all the time anyway.

Thigpen eventually took over in the fourth, leading the Dolphins to nine more points to put the game away. Many NFL teams only enter Sundays with two active quarterbacks, but when one of your quarterbacks is Chad Pennington, it’s wise to retain a third.

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Chad Pennington Injury: Dolphins QB Leaves Game With Hurt Throwing Arm

Miami Dolphins QB Chad Pennington left today's game against the Tennessee Titans after the team's third offensive snap. While Pennington threw an incompletion, rushing Titans DE Dave Bell toppled the quarterback into Dolphins LT Jake Long, with Pennington's throwing arm getting caught on the big tackle's back. He left the field and almost immediately headed to the locker room.

Pennington has a history of injuries, playing all 16 games in a season only twice in his eight-year career as a starter-caliber quarterback for the Dolphins and New York Jets. He once won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award twice in three years, if that tells you anything. His throwing shoulder has endured three surgeries, and this injury certainly appears to have struck right around that area.

Chad Henne is in at quarterback, having been benched in favor of Pennington last week for throwing three interceptions. Henne then burned a timeout, earning boos from Miami's home crowd.

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