THE BATTAGLIA DEBATE

Veteran tight end Marco Battaglia was back at practice on Monday after missing a few days because of personal reasons, but the question remains as to exactly how long Battaglia will stick around.

Battaglia still isn't certain he wants to continue playing football, and that's why the Dolphins began looking for other alternatives last week.

"We're going to see if a veteran becomes available," Coach Dave Wannstedt said Monday. "We're going to end up with another tight end, whether it be Marco or somebody else."

Battaglia was signed as a free agent in the offseason to serve as the main backup to starter Randy McMichael, and his waning desire to play football has come as a bit of a surprise.

Wannstedt said signing another tight end probably would mean the end of Battaglia's days with the Dolphins. Even if he does decide he wants to keep playing, Battaglia still has to earn his roster spot.

"We're going to evaluate him compared to the guys that we have," Wannstedt said.

In other news:

-- QB Jay Fiedler practiced again on Monday and reported some stiffness or soreness after returning to practice Sunday. In fact, Wannstedt said Fiedler "showed up and felt great."

DT Tim Bowens (personal), FB Deon Dyer (groin), FS Brock Marion (knee) and DT Johnny Thomas (personal) all missed the morning workout.


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