Miami Dolphins: With Henne Opting for Surgery, 'Phins Sign Sage Rosenfels

Thomas GaliciaContributor IIOctober 6, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 13:  Sage Rosenfels #18 of the New York Giants against the Carolina Panthers during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 13, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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In a season where Henne looked to fulfill promise, it comes to a not so promising ending. 

Chad Henne has decided to have surgery and will be placed on the injured reserve list, thus ending his season after only four games. 

In the first four games of the season Henne showed some improvement from last year, throwing for 868 yards, four touchdowns against four interceptions, a 57.1 completion percentage and rushing for 112 yards on 15 attempts with one touchdown. 

Miami will start Matt Moore, and has already found their new backup. 

According to Fox Sports' Alex Marvez, Sage Rosenfels has signed with the Miami Dolphins two days after being released by his former team, the New York Giants

This has been confirmed from a tweet from Rosenfels' agent Rick Smith. 

For Rosenfels this will be his second stint with the Miami Dolphins. He originally played with Miami from 2002-2005, when he was acquired from the Redskins in exchange for a seventh-round pick on August 22, 2002. 

In his first stint with the 'Phins, Rosenfels didn't start, however in 2005, he appeared in two games where he led Miami in come from behind victories. 

The first time came during a game on December 4th against Buffalo. Miami was trailing 23-3 when their starting quarterback Gus Ferrotte suffered a concussion in the third quarter. Rosenfels would lead the Dolphins to 21 unanswered points, going 22 of 37 for 272 yards and two touchdowns as Miami would triumph 24-23. 

Two weeks after that against the New York Jets, Rosenfels would enter the game at halftime with the score tied up at 10. With Rosenfels at quarterback, Miami would outscore the Jets 14-10 in the second half to come away with a 24-20 victory.

However Miami would let go of Rosenfels via free agency after the season to make room for Joey Harrington and Daunte Culpepper.  

Rosenfels has been with the New York Giants (2010-2011), Minnesota Vikings (2009) and Houston Texans (2006-2008) since leaving the Miami Dolphins after the 2005 season. Rosenfels went 6-4 in the games he started with Houston.

Rosenfels had a strong preseason with the Giants, however a blood disorder stemming from Strep Throat led to the Giants placing him on injured reserve. He was then cut by the Giants two days ago. 

Rosenfels, now healthy, is expected to back up Matt Moore, who will be the starting quarterback on October 17th when the Dolphins travel to the Meadowlands to face the New York Jets. 

I've already stated how any quarterback Miami brings in is mainly a placeholder this season, which is turning into a lost year. However Rosenfels is a great backup to have and will be a lot more valuable next season if (hopefully more like when) Miami drafts a quarterback in the first round. 



Thomas Galicia is a Miami Dolphins Featured Columnist who also writes about music, movies, the Miami Heat whenever this stupid lockout ends (and he's praying it's soon), the Chicago Cubs and the WWE. He also knows that most of you will disagree with him on this subject. That's what the comments are for, tell him he's wrong, or if you agree with him, tell him he's right. Then visit and follow him on twitter, @thomasgalicia.