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Tony Sparano might play Miami starters

While Wade Phillips is thinking of playing his first-team offense and defense on Thursday night, the Miami Dolphins are in the same situation heading into the game.

Former Cowboys assistant coach Tony Sparano is now the head coach in Miami.

Sparano wasn't happy with his team's effort in a 16-6 loss to Atlanta.

Starting quarterback Chad Henne completed 10 of 22 passes for 123 yards and one interception. The previous week, Henne, in a win over Jacksonville, completed 11 of 14 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

But the Jacksonville game and the Atlanta game are two different things in Sparano's mind, and he wants his offense to finish the preseason strong.

"My approach is that we didn’t play very well the other night," Sparano said on Monday. "So, I have to do what is in the best interest of my football team to get my football team ready to play against the Buffalo Bills [in the regular-season opener]. So, whatever that takes on Thursday night is what I’ll do. In other words, I have no real governor right now on how long people are playing. They just better be ready to play."