THE DOLPHINS DISCUSSION

The Dolphins Discussion offers our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we look at the ramifications of Jay Fiedler's back problems.

In the short term, Jay Fiedler's back spasms really are no big deal. But if you look at the big picture, there is reason to raise an eyebrow.

For those not aware, Fiedler had to leave the Wednesday morning practice early when he experienced stiffness in his back, and he also missed the Wednesday afternoon and Thursday workouts.

The word is that Fiedler's availability for Friday night's preseason opener against Tampa Bay will depend on how he feels on Friday.

If Fiedler can't play, then Brian Griese will get the start, and it might mean additional playing time for young quarterbacks Sage Rosenfels and Lon Sheriff.

But the story here is that Fiedler's durability always has been an issue since he became the Dolphins' starting quarterback and this injury, no matter how minor, is troubling.

It all reinforces the thinking behind the addition of Griese in the offseason. At this point in camp, Fiedler has been very, very sharp — much more so than Griese — so the thought that there could be a battle for the starting QB job wasn't even present.

But what if Fiedler winds up missing a few days of practice, and all of a sudden Griese catches fire.

Don't get us wrong, this is nothing that Fiedler did wrong. But the reality is that he has been prone to missing time and it's almost naive to think he won't miss time again this season.

The bottom line is the Dolphins need for Griese to get up to snuff as quickly as possible because you never know when the Dolphins will need him.


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