Miami QB Chad Pennington out for season

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“It’s probably good, because we don’t have time to dwell on things,” receiver Brian Hartline said. “We’ve got to win games.”

The short week of preparation makes it less likely Henne will be able to recover enough to start, but Sparano was noncommittal.

“We’ll see. Right now we are day to day,” he said. “Tyler will be ready, depending on what Chad Henne does this week.”

Thigpen started 11 games for the Chiefs in 2008 but has thrown only 20 passes the past two years. He entered Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter and led an 85-yard touchdown drive that sealed the 29-17 win.

Thigpen finished 4 for 6 for 64 yards and a score, a remarkably polished performance considering he has been mostly a spectator at practice this season.

“As a No. 3, that’s what it is _ you don’t get any reps,” he said. “The No. 1 gets about 80 percent, and the 2 gets about 20 percent of the reps. But the 3 has to just sit back there and mentally rep every play.”

The injuries prompted Miami to go without a quarterback for five consecutive plays against the Titans, instead resorting to the wildcat. Brown took those snaps and joked that he’ll have his throwing arm warmed up Thursday.

Hartline and fellow receiver Bess pointed out they both played QB in high school and were available for emergency duty.

“We’re loaded, man,” Bess said. “Whenever my number is called, I’m going to be ready.”

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