The Dolphins' injury woes got worse on Monday when it was announced that rookie linebacker Eddie Moore probably would miss the entire 2003 season after undergoing surgery on his injured left foot.

Moore underwent the operation in Charlotte, N.C., after getting a second opinion on the injury.

"I'm disappointed that Eddie will miss the season," said Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt. "He was working hard and showed the reason why he was our first pick in the draft. I know how tough this must be for him. However, I am confident that our other young players will step up to fill Eddie's role, and there is always the possibility of looking elsewhere to add depth to that position."

As if that news wasn't disappointing enough, word came that tackle Mark Dixon also will miss time after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle.

Dixon is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason, but the Dolphins are hoping he could be ready for the start of the regular season.

The problem is the Dolphins don't have a proven backup at the position. In Dixon's absence, third-round pick Wade Smith will start at left tackle, but it's questionable whether he's ready to handle the steady diet of quality pass rushers he's going to face.

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