An accidental tweet by New York Jets beat writer Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News yesterday mistakenly reported that Miami Dolphins starting linebacker Channing Crowder would miss the 2010 season with a foot injury.
These reports turned out to be false, as Crowder is indeed healthy and expected to take part in training camp three weeks from now.
Apparently, Mehta was watching a re-broadcast of a Bears-Vikings game on NFL Network and saw an old crawl from the ESPN broadcast. Thus, the report of Crowder's season-ending injury was from 2009 and is not current news.
The tweet, which cited the Associated Press as its source and sparked re-posts by sites like MSNBC, Pro Football Talk, Rotoworld, and Yahoo! Sports, has since been deleted by Mehta. The Phinsider has a good breakdown of the entire situation.
Coming off the least productive season of his five-year career, Crowder will compete for the starting inside linebacker job alongside Karlos Dansby. He is expected to face stiff competition from newly-acquired Tim Dobbins, while rookie fourth-rounder A. J. Edds should push for playing time as well.
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