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Joey Porter won’t play Sunday due to “coach’s decision”

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano has come up with a way to keep linebacker Joey Porter quiet.

The Miami Herald revealed Saturday that Porter will not play against the Buccaneers, and a team spokesman confirmed that Porter’s absence is not injury-related. Porter missed two practices this week, but returned on Friday and was listed as probable on the injury report.

It’s unclear what Porter did to upset the Dolphins in the meantime, but something must have happened. We’ll let you know once we hear more.

Charlie Anderson or Matt Roth will likely replace Porter in the starting lineup. (If Roth starts, Jason Taylor will switch sides.)

It’s worth wondering if Porter will automatically get his starting job back. He has 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the season.