Dolphins lose center Grove to injury against Panthers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Miami Dolphins are getting thin at center.

Starter Jake Grove left Thursday night's game against the Carolina Panthers because of an ankle injury early in the third quarter and was questionable to return. Then, backup Joe Berger left with an unspecified injury early in the fourth and but he returned later in the quarter.

The Dolphins then moved Nate Garner to center after Garner had started at left guard in place of Justin Smiley. Garner and quarterback Chad Henne got off to a bumpy start with a botched snap on their second play, forcing Henne to dive on the ground to recover the fumble.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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