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The Dolphins will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the perfect season Sunday when the current team faces the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium.

The 1972 Dolphins, the only team in professional sports history to finish a season without a loss or tie, will be honored at halftime of the Jets game. In addition, three members of that team — Manny Fernandez, Larry Seiple and Howard Twilley — will serve as honorary captains for the game against the Jets.

The game against the Jets will come exactly 45 years after the Dolphins defeated the Buffalo Bills, 24-23, at the Orange Bowl in the game with the closest margin of victory during that 1972 season.

Halloween help: Dolphins players, alumni, cheerleaders and mascot T.D. took 50 elementary students costume shopping at Spirit Halloween on Tuesday afternoon. In addition to the Halloween shopping, the participants from Park Lakes Elementary and Robert Russa Moton Elementary — ranging from 5-11 years old and selected by their principals from Title I schools — received a Dolphins T-shirt and enjoyed a pizza party catered by Papa John’s.

League meeting: Michael Thomas, Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas were among the 12 players who attended the NFL League Meeting in New York on Tuesday. The meeting also included Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and 10 other team owners, as well as representatives from the NFL and the NFL Players Association. The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement after the meeting: “Today owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities. NFL executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change. We agreed that these are common issues and pledged to meet again to continue this work together. As we said last week, everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military. In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change.”

Scott status: Now that six weeks of the NFL regular season have gone by, wide receiver Rashawn Scott is eligible to start practicing or even be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Dolphins have a six-week window during which Scott can begin practicing. Once he practices for the first time, the Dolphins will have three weeks to decide whether to activate the second-year player from the University of Miami, keep him sidelined for the entire season, or release him. Head Coach Adam Gase said Monday he had not made a determination regarding Scott, who appeared in two games as a rookie free agent in 2016.

Broadcast news: The game between the Jets and Dolphins on Sunday will be a “cross-over” game when it comes to television coverage, meaning it won’t be shown on CBS, as is normally the case when the visiting team comes from the AFC, but rather on FOX. Dan Hellie will handle the play-by-play duties for FOX, with Chris Spielman serving as color analyst and Peter Schrager reporting from the sidelines.


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