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Dolphins likely to start Thigpen after two other QBs injured

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Dolphins third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen likely will start Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears after starter Chad Pennington and backup Chad Henne left Sunday's victory over the Tennessee Titans with injuries, a team source told NFL Network's Michael Lombardi.

Multiple sources are reporting that both quarterbacks could be finished for the season.

The Dolphins will almost certainly sign at least one quarterback from free agency or the practice squad to backup Thigpen. Former No. 1 pick Jamarcus Russell is among the names under consideration, the Miami Herald reports.

Pennington -- who made his season debut Sunday after being named the starter over Henne earlier this week -- lasted just two plays before he departed with another injury to his troublesome right shoulder. He was hit while throwing an incompletion on the first play, completed a pass on the next play, then called timeout and left the game.

Fox Sports and NFL Network reporter Jay Glazer reported the team believes Pennington might have dislocated his shoulder.

The 34-year-old Pennington has undergone shoulder surgery three times, most recently last year after he was injured in Week 3. Pennington hadn't played since, and now the Dolphins wonder if he'll be able to play again.

Pennington did not speak after the game, but a Dolphins spokesman said Pennington was "understandably distraught," the Sun-Sentinel reported.

"For him to have another shoulder problem, it's tough," Henne said. "I'm sure he's going to have some decisions to make when he finds out what's going on.

"We're stuck with this situation. We'll see what happens."

Henne hurt his left knee in the third quarter when he was hit by 305-pound defensive tackle Tony Brown as he threw an incompletion. He walked off the field and was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam.

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"It doesn't feel good," Henne said. "But if I can stand it, if I can run on it, I'm going to play. We'll see what happens. I'm not going to be one to baby my knee. If I can be out there, I'll be out there."

After the game, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Pennington and Henne were still being evaluated, and he was uncertain of their status. However, Henne is expected to undergo treatment for his knee during the week.

For the time being, Thigpen is the team's No. 1 starter, backed up by running back Ronnie Brown.

Thigpen started 11 games in a similar situation for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. Thigpen was elevated from third on the Chiefs' depth chart when quarterbacks Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard went down with injuries. Thigpen finished the season with 2,608 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also rushed for 386 yards and three touchdowns.

The Herald also reports that Sean Canfield, Brian St. Pierre and Todd Bouman, recently released by the Jacksonville Jaquars, are on the Dolphins' list of potential quarterbacks.

The Sun-Sentinel reports the list includes former Dolphins backup Pat White and veterans Daunte Culpepper and Jeff Garcia, both last seen in the United Football League.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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