THE DOLPHINS DISCUSSION

The Dolphins Discussion offers our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we look at the injury situation.

Coach Dave Wannstedt is trying on his best to stay positive amid a rash of injuries that have hit the Dolphins since the start of training camp.

Quite frankly, though, he's getting tired of always being asked questions about injuries as opposed to players who might be having good camps.

Really, there's not a whole lot Wannstedt can do about all the injuries and there's no sense in him crying about it.

The flip side is the skeptics would say Wannstedt is trying to put a positive spin on a tough situation.

The question is: Where exactly is reality? Are the Dolphins in precarious position because of all the injuries? Is it no big deal because only two players — Eddie Moore and Ed Perry — have been lost for the season?

The answer, as always, probably lies somewhere in between. The Dolphins' list of injuries right now indeed is ridiculously long, with Patrick Surtain, Rob Konrad and Mark Dixon among those expected to miss the remainder of the preseason.

But Surtain and Konrad clearly should be back for the start of the regular season.

The one injury that would concern tremendously is that of Dixon, who underwent surgery on Monday to, among other things, stabilize a stress fracture in his right ankle.

Forgive us, but that just doesn't sound good.

The big problem here is Wade Smith, despite what Wannstedt and offensive line coach Tony Wise, would have you believe, just doesn't look like he's ready to be a starter at this level.

That wouldn't be so bad if this team didn't have Super Bowl aspirations, but it does. If Smith doesn't cut it, the Dolphins need to look elsewhere, whether it be juggling their own line or finding a veteran elsewhere.

But they'll need to make that determination quickly.


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