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Hartline will play on Sunday

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The focus on whether Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will play on Sunday has obscured the question of whether Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline will play.

Per a league source, Hartline will.

Officially, Hartline is listed as questionable with a groin injury.

Hartline, who wasn’t a Week One starter, has emerged as a potent target in the passing game.  Since catching 12 passes for 253 yards against the Cardinals in Week Four, however, Hartline has had eight catches for 100 yards in three total games.

The fact that the Dolphins won all three games surely makes those numbers easier for Hartline to tolerate.

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4 Responses to “Hartline will play on Sunday”
  1. FinFan68 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:02 AM

    Hope he can run. He needs to be a factor. The Dolphins were criticized for their receivers but Hartline, Bess and Gaffney are decent possession receivers with good hands. The team can move the ball but it will usually be methodical short to mid range passes. Every once in a while the defense naps and somebody gets deep. A true #1 playmaker who has size will make this a quite potent offense.

  2. eventhorizon04 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:13 AM

    As a longtime Dolphins (and Brian Hartline) fan, I can’t say I ever expected Brian Hartline’s health status to merit the top headline on PFT.

    Happy to hear he’ll play, and good game to all the Dolphins and Colts fans out there!

  3. promickey says: Nov 4, 2012 11:17 AM

    FinFan69 says:

    Every once in a while the defense naps and somebody gets deep. A true #1 playmaker who has size will make this a quite potent offense.
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    Size is not an absolute when considering a #1 receiver’s skill set. Santana Moss of the Redskins, Wes Welker of the Patriots and Steve Smith of the Panthers had a lot of great years as their teams number one receivers. A guy who can create separation, get open and catch the ball also works even though he may only be 5’9″ and 180 pounds.

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  4. FinFan68 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:16 PM

    @pronicky
    I did not imply that size was a factor towards being a playmaker at WR. A tall (big) and athletic receiver that is a playmaker would fit better in the Dolphins offense than another quick/small guy that can make some plays. We have 3 of those guys already. What they lack is a big target and a guy that can consistently make big plays…getting both with one guy if possible is their best case scenario.

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