Dolphins get Thigpen to replace Pennington

Chad Pennington's season officially ended with a trade that didn't involve him.

The Miami Dolphins placed Pennington on the reserve-injured list to create a roster spot for quarterback Tyler Thigpen, who was acquired Tuesday from the Kansas City Chiefs for an undisclosed draft pick.

Pennington hurt his right shoulder Sunday at San Diego, an injury that leaves his career in jeopardy.

At 33, he likely faces a third operation on the shoulder since 2005.

Thigpen shores up depth behind second-year pro Chad Henne, who is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday against Buffalo. Rookie Pat White is the Dolphins’ other quarterback.

Vick lecture on dogfighting

Michael Vick told a sparse crowd at a Washington church that dogfighting is pointless and he doesn’t know why he risked his career for it.

“I got caught up in the culture,” the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback said at Covenant Baptist Church, in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. “I never thought that I would get caught.”

The church appearance was sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States.

Freeney out

Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney could miss two to three weeks with an injured right quadriceps, according to a report on ESPN’s Web site.

The Colts play host to Seattle on Sunday.

Extra points

Cowboys running back Felix Jones has a sprained ligament in his left knee and his status for the upcoming game at Denver is uncertain. ... Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin may deactivate receiver Limas Sweed for Sunday’s game after the latest in a history of dropped passes. ... The New Orleans Saints placed former Pro Bowl left tackle Jammal Brown on injured reserve because of his hip injury, ending his season. ... The NFL suspended St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora without pay for the next four games for violating its policy on performance enhancing substances. ... The Tennessee Titans brought back veteran returner Mark Jones. ... Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter signed on for a third run with the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Albert Haynesworth’s wife is asking a Tennessee judge to force the Washington defensive tackle to pay veterinary bills, his daughter’s tuition and other family expenses dating back to when she filed for divorce in April 2008. She also wants a restraining order against him. ... The Chicago Bears have signed linebacker Darrell McClover to a one-year contract and released cornerback DeAngelo Smith.