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Hartline injury stings Dolphins' offense

The Miami Dolphins probably will get Brandon Marshall back Sunday against the New York Jets, but they will have to play the remainder of their season without Brian Hartline.

The Dolphins on Saturday placed Hartline on season-ending injured reserve. He hurt his finger while blocking former Dolphins outside linebacker Matt Roth in last week's loss to the Cleveland Browns. Hartline reportedly had finger surgery Tuesday.

While not a household name or a fantasy star, Hartline's contributions have been significant to the Dolphins' marginal offense. He has been their best receiver when it comes to chunk yardage, a priority stat for head coach Tony Sparano.

Hartline finished with 43 receptions for 615 yards and one touchdown. He leads the Dolphins with 14.3 yards per catch and is tied for 24th in the NFL with 10 receptions of 20-plus yards. Marshall and slot receiver Davone Bess each have seven.

Hartline made at least one gain of at least 24 yards in six straight games and was on pace for an 894-yard season before playing the Browns. He also had a 30-yard run in that stretch.

The Dolphins filled his roster spot with rookie tight end Dedrick Epps, a San Diego Chargers seventh-round draft choice.