DOLPHINS OPEN PRESEASON

The Dolphins kick off their preseason schedule Monday evening when they face the St. Louis Rams in the Hall of Fame Game.<p>It will be Coach Dave Wannstedt's first opportunity to get a look in game action as some of the young players, most notably cornerback Jamar Fletcher and wide receiver Chris Chambers.

With this being the preseason opener, expect quarterback Jay Fiedler and the other starters to play a couple of series at the most.

What follows is a quick look at the game.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (0-0 in the preseason) vs. St. Louis Rams (0-0)

WHERE: Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio

KICKOFF TIME: 8 p.m. ET

TELEVISION: ABC

ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, Dan Fouts, Dennis Miller

LINE: Miami by 3

COACHES: St. Louis, Mike Martz (2nd year); Miami, Dave Wannstedt (2nd year in Miami, 8th year in NFL)

PRESEASON SERIES RECORD: The teams are tied 1-1

LAST PRESEASON MEETING: 1974 at Los Angeles, Rams 31, Dolphins 13

INJURIES: Rams —WR Isaac Bruce (death in family), RB Marshall Faulk (knee), S Kim Herring (hamstring) and OT Rod Jones (leave of absence) are out; DT Ray Agnew (knee), WR Darrius Blevins (knee), CB Jerametrius Butler (knee), S Rich Coady (hamstring), WR Ricky Proehl (hamstring) and WR Francis St. Paul (leg) are doubtful.

Dolphins — LB Rick Crowell (foot), TE Hunter Goodwin (knee), LB Morlon Greenwood (foot), WR Albert Johnson (knee), TE Alonzo Mayes (shoulder), WR O.J. McDuffie (toe), CB Patrick Surtain (knee) and WR Dedric Ward (foot) are out; DT Tim Bowens (knee), S Trent Gamble (hamstring) and DT Jermaine Haley (shoulder) are questionable; T Todd Wade (ankle) is probable.

WHEN THE RAMS HAVE THE BALL: Even without Pro Bowler Isaac Bruce, the Rams have enough talent at wide receiver to test young Dolphins cornerbacks Ben Kelly and Jamar Fletcher. It will be interesting to see if the Dolphins' first-team defense can get some pressure on quarterback Kurt Warner during the short time he'll be in the game.

WHEN THE DOLPHINS HAVE THE BALL: The Rams have a lot of new faces on defense, and they're hoping the changes will be enough to get them back to the Super Bowl. The Dolphins have more speed on offense than last year, but that doesn't mean they will become a bombs-away team. Lamar Smith will get his share of carries while he's in the game, but it would be fun to see the Dolphins throw downfield — to either Chambers or James McKnight — at some point.


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