Henne out for season with injury

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The Dolphins courted Denver’s Kyle Orton this summer before deciding to stay with Henne, who has been much maligned since becoming Miami’s starter in 2009. Henne was jeered by fans during training camp but showed some improvement this season, looking more decisive and winning praise for his leadership.

“He has done a tremendous job and has really improved,” Sparano said. “It’s unfortunate because I know the kid really wanted to see this whole thing through.”

Even with his progress, Henne ranks 24th in the NFL in passing efficiency, and Miami scored only one touchdown each of the past three games.

A second-round draft pick in 2008, Henne has thrown 31 touchdown passes and 37 interceptions in 36 games. As a starter he’s 13-18.

Coincidentally, the last time the Dolphins played at San Diego, they lost quarterback Chad Pennington with a season-ending shoulder injury. That was in September 2009, and Henne made his first start the following week.

“When you lose your starting quarterback _ the guy takes a ton of reps, and the next guy doesn’t,” Sparano said. “When you’re in the middle of the season, to catch those people up on reps, that’s hard to do.”

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