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Plane mishap delays Dolphins' trip home

GRAPEVINE, Texas — A Dolphins charter plane preparing to leave Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport clipped the tail of a parked jet while being pushed back for takeoff early Thursday.

"This is not real life … team plane backed into another plane right before take off," defensive end Jared Odrick said on Twitter.

Both American Airlines jets were damaged a few hours after Miami lost to Dallas 30-13, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Nobody was hurt, and the accident is under investigation.

"It rocked the entire plane," Dolphins broadcaster Joe Rose, who was on the plane, said on his radio show Thursday. "It was crazy. I just couldn't believe it."

The winglet of a Boeing 767 clipped the tail of an empty MD-80, American said. The accident happened in an area where American provides charter service. Both jets were taken out of service.

The team was stranded for about three hours until it could board a replacement plane, Rose said. The charter left the airport at about 4 a.m and arrived in Miami at about 7:30, the FAA said.

Regular officials to work Week 1?

A day after the NFL said locked-out officials wouldn't work the first week of the regular season, commissioner Roger Goodell said they could be back in time. Goodell was asked at a joint NFL-Army press event at West Point if he would rule out using the regular officials, and he refused to do so. More negotiations are needed, he said. The main sticking points are salary and retirement benefits.

Cincy gets scare: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton left the game against the Colts with a bruised right (throwing) arm. Dalton was sandwiched by two defenders. Coach Marvin Lewis said he would have returned had it been a regular-season game.

Bills: Owner Ralph Wilson, 93, was listed in good condition after being taken to a hospital in Buffalo. The team said it was unable to provide details.

Cowboys: Ex-USF cornerback Mike Jenkins, who had offseason shoulder surgery, was cleared to practice and taken off the physically unable to perform list. He still likely will sit out Wednesday's season opener against the Giants.

Dolphins: Quarterback David Garrard likely won't make the team, the Palm Beach Post reported. Garrard, 34, competing with Matt Moore and rookie Ryan Tannehill after sitting out last season with a back injury, has been limited since knee surgery three weeks ago and likely would get an injury settlement. Tannehill recently was named the starter, and ex-Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin remains on the roster.

Giants: Starting cornerback Prince Amukamara, out with a high right ankle sprain, is unlikely to play in Wednesday's season opener against the Cowboys. He hopes the extra time off before the Giants' next game, Sept. 16 against the Bucs, allows him to return then.

Packers: Starting defensive tackle B.J. Raji left the game against the Chiefs when he rolled his left ankle. He walked off the field under his own power. His status was unknown.

Patriots: Former Florida running back Jeff Demps said he felt a leg tweak late in Wednesday's game against the Giants. An MRI exam revealed Demps is fine, the Boston Herald reported. Demps, who won a track silver medal at this month's Olympics as part of the U.S. 400-meter relay team, signed Aug. 17.

Rams: Defensive tackle Michael Brockers, the 14th overall pick in April, injured his right ankle near the end of the first quarter when he got tangled up with Ravens guard Jah Reid. His status was unknown.

Titans: Receiver Kenny Britt was suspended for one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Britt was arrested July 20 on a charge of DUI, his eighth incident with police since he was drafted in 2009.

New rules: The players union approved allowing one player to come off injured reserve after Week 8 instead of being out for the whole season and moving the trade deadline from after Week 6 to after Week 8. Owners voted for both in May. The union had to sign off on the changes but initially refused because the owners wanted to increase the amount of padded practices allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. Instead, players who report to training camp after it starts will be allowed to practice in pads immediately instead of waiting three days.

Plane mishap delays Dolphins' trip home 08/30/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:29pm]
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