Peppers Could Make It A Very Long Night For Thigpen

(WSCR)Julius Peppers can be one of the most dominating pass rushers in the NFL, when he isn’t being blocked by two players. That’s something Tyler Thigpen should keep in the back of his mind when he drops back to pass on Thursday night. Going against the Bears defense can be a daunting task for any quarterback, and even more so for a third string QB.

Four days removed from a quarterback calamity, the Miami Dolphins turn to a third-stringer who is 1-10 as an NFL starter and has taken practice snaps with the offense once this season.

Tyler Thigpen’s previous claim to fame was as the first quarterback for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers when their program began in 2003. Now he’s the latest QB for the Dolphins, who face the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Miami’s playoff hopes took a double whammy when quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Chad Henne were hurt during Sunday’s win over Tennessee.

Henne, nursing a left knee injury, is expected to return at some point this year, and there’s a slight chance he’ll be available Thursday. Pennington’s out for the season.

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