Dolphins' Crowder ruled out for opener; Dobbins to start

MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins inside linebacker Channing Crowder has been ruled out for Sunday's opener at Buffalo because of a lingering groin injury.

Crowder hasn't practiced since Aug. 17 and didn't accompany the Dolphins on their flight Saturday.

Tim Dobbins, acquired from San Diego in an offseason trade, will start in place of Crowder. The Dolphins will have new starters at eight positions.

Crowder has missed 10 games since 2007 because of injuries.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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