It has been awhile since we saw the name Joey Harrington and active quarterback in the same sentence, yet there he was as the Miami Dolphins visited the New Orleans Saints in both teams’ final tuneup before the regular season.
And there was a reason why Harrington is #3 on the quarterback depth chart in New Orleans, although to be fair, his offensive line was comprised of players not likely to make the final roster cuts. Long story short, Harrington was a mannequin as he was sacked 8 times while completing 13-of-19 passes for only 115 yards.
As expected, regular starting QB Drew Brees did not play, but second-stringer Mark Brunell started the game before being relieved by Harrington to start the second quarter. The Saints’ two top running backs, Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, did not play due to injury while wide receiver Marques Colston and tight end Jeremy Shockey sat out, as well.
Miami commenced the scoring with a Dan Carpenter 41-yard field goal midway through the first quarter; they would put together a long, 68-yard drive, which was capped by a 6-yard rushing touchdown by Patrick Cobbs with 5:38 left in the first half, giving the Dolphins a 10-0 lead. Meanwhile, New Orleans’ only score took place, courtesy of a punt return TD by Rod Harper.
Some stats of note: Miami QB Chad Pennington went 8-of-11 for 57 yards before being replaced by Chad Henne; the Saints’ Brunell completed 3-of-5 passes for 66 yards.