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Miami Dolphins play final preseason game at Cincinnati Bengals in national broadcast

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The final preseason game of 2021 for the Miami Dolphins is coming on Sunday afternoon against the Cincinnati Bengals. The two teams are approaching this game differently, with the Bengals expected to play their starters, including quarterback Joe Burrow making his first appearance since tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee in Week 11 last season. The Dolphins, meanwhile, are planning to sit most, if not all, of their first-team players.

Miami is using this game as the last chance to see their depth and roster-bubble players before the NFL mandates a drop in roster size from 80 men down to the regular season’s 53-player limit. Who can make an impact and earn a roster spot? Who will be headed to the waiver wire?

The roster bubble includes players like running backs Patrick Laird and Garrid Doaks, who are likely fighting for the same roster spot; wide receiver Kirk Merritt, who could be a practice squad candidate thanks to a deep position group for Miami this year; and linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who was signed at the start of training camp, but has seen his role on defense tail off as the summer progressed.

Read more from The Phinsider/SB Nation.

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Battle of the Sunshine State: Florida Panthers head on the road for first round of state championship against Tampa Bay Lightning

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Florida Panthers (2-0-0, first in the Atlantic) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (2-1-0, fifth in the Atlantic)

Tampa, Florida; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT

LINE: Lightning -139, Panthers +115

BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning host Florida after Sam Bennett scored three goals in the Panthers’ 5-1 victory over the Islanders.

Tampa Bay finished 36-17-3 overall during the 2020-21 season while going 21-7-0 at home. The Lightning averaged 4.2 penalties and 10.7 penalty minutes per game.

Florida finished 37-14-5 overall and 17-9-2 on the road a season ago. The Panthers recorded 311 assists on 188 total goals last season.

The matchup Tuesday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

INJURIES:

Lightning: Zach Bogosian: out (lower-body), Nikita Kucherov: day to day (undisclosed).

Panthers: None listed.

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NHL hands San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane 21-game suspension for submitting fake COVID-19 vaccine card

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Another week, another Evander Kane update.

On Monday, the NHL announced that Kane has been suspended for 21 games “for an established violation of, and lack of compliance with, the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 Protocol.”

Kane will not receive any pay while suspended.

On Oct. 6, a report from Front Office Sports revealed that Kane submitted a fake vaccination card to the league and the San Jose Sharks, which is an illegal offense in both Canada and the United States.

Read more from Yahoo Sports.

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Miami Dolphins fans ranked least rowdy fan base in the NFL

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.  As more and more fans pack NFL stadiums across the country thanks to lessened COVID-19 restrictions, America seems to be embracing the return of parking lot tailgates, and, yes, “rowdy fans.”

However, it seems a South Florida team’s fanbase is lacking in that department.

According to a new survey by Bookies, Miami Dolphins fans rank as the least rowdy fan base in football.

Read more from ABC Miami.

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