BATTLING THE BUCS

After spending the weekend practicing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Dolphins get to face them in a preseason game Monday night at Raymond James Stadium.<p>Look for the Dolphins starters to play about a quarter in Monday night's game. Jay Fiedler will open the game at quarterback, with Ray Lucas expected to play the second quarter and most, if not all, of the third quarter.<p>

What follows is a quick look at the game.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (0-1 in the preseason) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

KICKOFF TIME: 8 p.m. ET

TELEVISION: ESPN

ANNOUNCERS: Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, Paul Maguire

LINE: Tampa Bay by 3

COACHES: Tampa Bay, Tony Dungy (6th year); Miami, Dave Wannstedt (2nd year in Miami, 8th year in NFL)

PRESEASON SERIES RECORD: The Dolphins lead 11-4

LAST PRESEASON MEETING: 2000 at Miami, Dolphins 15, Bucs 13

INJURIES: Dolphins — LB Morlon Greenwood (foot), QB Josh Heupel (wrist), RB J.J. Johnson (knee), TE Alonzo Mayes (shoulder), WR O.J. McDuffie (toe), CB Patrick Surtain (knee), WR Dedric Ward (foot) are out; LB Scott Galyon (knee), OT Dan Palmer (ankle) are questionable; DT Tim Bowens (knee) is probable.

Bucs — FB Mike Alstott (hamstring), DE John McLaughlin (hip), WR Frank Rice (knee), P Mark Royals (knee) are out; LB Jamie Duncan (hamstring), DT Terry Jolly (knee), CB Anthony Midget (hamstring), LB Jude Waddy (jaw), OL Todd Washington (finger) are questionable; RB Rabih Abdullah (hamstring), CB Donnie Abraham (hamstring), S David Gibson (groin), WR Jacquez Green (hamstring), DB Dexter Jackson (hamstring), RB Aaron Stecker (neck) are probable.

WHEN THE DOLPHINS HAVE THE BALL: The big question mark on the Dolphins offense is the line, and it will face a big test against a very good Bucs defensive line. The second unit had a tough time against the Rams last week, and Coach Dave Wannstedt will be looking for significant improvement against Tampa Bay. The coaching staff was disappointed there were no big plays against St. Louis, so look for the Dolphins to take a few shots downfield with Fiedler at quarterback.

WHEN THE BUCS HAVE THE BALL: The Dolphins just want to see more of what they saw against the Rams. In particular, the play of defensive ends Kenny Mixon and Lorenzo Bromell was very encouraging and left the Dolphins confident they might not miss Trace Armstrong that much after all. The other area to focus on is at cornerback, where it will be interesting to see whether Ben Kelly can keep up his outstanding summer work and whether Jamar Fletcher is ready to show the Dolphins why he was their No. 1 pick in April.


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