Miami Dolphins: Chad Henne to Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Jason Clary@IamJClaryCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 2, 2011 in San Diego, California.    The Chargers won 26-16.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN and just about all major sports networks, Chad Henne will miss the rest of the 2011 season as he recovers from surgery after separating his non-throwing shoulder.

You are probably wondering what the difference between a shoulder separation and dislocation is. As's orthopedics section mentions, a dislocation is when the shoulder pops out of the joint. A separation involves an injury to the ligament that connects the shoulder blade and the collarbone.

Both are serious, but treatment for both is much different.

Henne was having a decent 2011 season. However, he was still plagued by some mistakes that made him a target of criticism in previous seasons.

The Dolphins will have to promote rookie undrafted free agent Pat Devlin to the active roster unless they can find a suitable backup for new starter Matt Moore.

Miami has worked out quarterbacks Jake Delhomme, David Garrard, Brodie Croyle, Jim Sorgi and Trent Edwards. Delhomme and Garrard have rejected contract offers from the Dolphins.

Miami is 0-4, with a bye during Week 5. Matt Moore will make his first start of the season against the Dolphins' division rivals, the New York Jets.

Moore did fairly well against San Diego, all things considered. He had a successful season as a Carolina Panther during 2009, but struggled during the Panthers' 2010 season.

The Dolphins have a ton of areas that need work. A new starting quarterback will surely create a challenge for a team that is just about dead in the water.

With issues on the offensive line, Matt Moore will have to rely on his mobility to create time out of the pocket.

The Dolphins play the Jets on Monday Night Football on October 17th against a New York team looking to get back on track.