With Chad Pennington out for the season, the Miami Dolphins placed the 33-year old on the Injured Reserve to make room for quarterback Tyler Thigpen. Thigpen was traded from Kansas City to Miami for an undisclosed 2010 draft pick.
Thigpen will be one of two backup quarterbacks to second-year pro Chad Henne, who will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Pat White is the other backup quarterback for Miami.
As quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, Thigpen went 1-10 last year after both Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard suffered season-ending injuries. Thigpen threw for 2,608 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. However, with the acquisition of Matt Cassel during the offseason, as well as a lost battle with Brodie Croyle for the #2 job, Thigpen is looking forward to playing for the Dolphins.
Thigpen’s agent, Joel Turner, said, “It’s not like that team is short on talent — they won the division last year. It’s a wonderful opportunity. Nobody does it like Bill Parcells. For Bill Parcells to believe in Tyler speaks volumes about Tyler.”
Thigpen, a third-year pro, will be playing with his third NFL team; he was selected in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
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