Winfield will play with leg injury

Cornerback Antoine Winfield will be resting his lower right leg this week, but will be available when the Bills play the Dolphins Sunday at Wilson Stadium Dec. 1. Winfield is the only player on the Bills' injury list.

The Dolphins will probably start backup quarterback Ray Lucas. Jay Fiedler is questionable and may be cleared to start practicing today, but the likelihood of him playing is not very high. Wide receiver Cris Carter, also questionable, is on the bubble as well. Carter hasn't played since the Monday Night Football game against Green Bay on Nov. 4. That was his first game in a Miami uniform. He had been lured out of retirement when Oronde Gadsden was put on injured reserve.

Carter came out of that came with a frightening kidney ailment that was determined to be the result of dehydration from training. Miami spokesman Harvey Greene said doctors found that one of Carter's kidneys had been operating at 20 percent.

In his place is wide receiver James McKnight, who is probable with a back injury. Chris Chambers is considered the No.1 receiver. Dedric Ward is the No. 3 guy. If Carter came back, he would probably take some of the playing time away from Ward. Apparently, Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt felt he rushed Carter into the lineup earlier and won't make that mistake again.

Other Dolphins injuries: Starting left tackle Mark Dixon is listed as probable with an ankle injury that has hampered him most of the year. Dixon didn't play against the Bills the first time around. Ex-Bill Marcus Spriggs started and wasn't that effective. Reserve defensive end David Bowens, who was with the Bills during training camp 2001, is probable with a knee injury.


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