The Dolphins returned to work on Wednesday, awaiting word from the NFL as to whether they would play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.<P>While players were divided as to whether the games should go on, pretty much everyone agreed it was tough to focus on football.<P>

The NFL wasn't expected to announce its decision until Thursday afternoon, so the Dolphins went about to business of practicing on Wednesday.

Every player was on hand except for rookie linebacker Morlon Greenwood, who traveled to New York for the Dolphins' off day (Tuesday) and hadn't been able to fly back to Miami as of Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday was particularly tough for quarterbacks Jay Fiedler and Ray Lucas, both of whom had friends in the World Trade Center at the time of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Lucas said one of his best friends managed to get out of one of the two towers after running down 55 flights of stairs. But one of his friends was on the 86th floor at the time of the attack and he was feared dead.

As for Fiedler, he said he had friends "high in the building" and still hadn't heard from some of them.

Lucas said he was ready to play if instructed, but he was visibly shaken by the events of Tuesday when he talked to reporters on Wednesday.

"Maybe I should start calling (my friends) more often and telling them I love them," Lucas said. "Every bad thing that happens like that tends to put things in perspective. You should appreciate every day you're alive and live for the moment."

Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye's father also was around the World Trade Center about the time two planes crashed into the two towers, but he was unharmed. Ogunleye said he went to World Trade Center virtually every day while he was in high school.

"The way TV and newspapers show the World Trade Center, they do those buildings no justice," Ogunleye said. "The fact that these buildings were brought down is amazing. I didn't think anything could bring these buildings down."

Among Dolphins players who felt the games should go on were offensive linemen Mark Dixon and Tim Ruddy, who both said not playing this weekend would be a victory of sorts for the terrorists.

Defensive linemen Jason Taylor and Daryl Gardener were among those who felt the games should be canceled or postponed.

"Personally, I don't think it's right to be playing," Gardener said. "We'll give the NFL time to respond and make the right choice, but I don't see how we could play."

Gardener had a hard time thinking about football on Wednesday. When a reporter asked him about the Buffalo Bills, Gardener quickly changed the subject.

"Personally, my mind is not even here, it's still in New York," he said. "Football for me today is not even here."

For his part, Coach Dave Wannstedt was trying to do his best to be ready in case the NFL decided to go ahead with the games as scheduled.

"Whatever the league decides, we're prepared to play the game," he said. "When we get word, we'll adjust whichever way it goes."

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