FACING THE FALCONS

The Dolphins get their biggest dress rehearsal of the preseason Friday night when they take on the Atlanta Falcons, minus Michael Vick, at Pro Player Stadium.

This is the one preseason game where the Dolphins actually will put together a game plan and do some halftime adjustments.

The starters are expected to play into the third quarter, which means this will be the one chance for Dolphins fans to see a lot of guys like Ricky Williams, Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas before the regular season starts.

"This week will test the mental part of our players more so than any other week," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "We have a lot more checks in on both sides of the ball. We've added things on special teams.

"Now you're going to get a chance to see the guys not just give good effort, but give good effort when they're on the move and see who can make adjustments and who can't."

What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Falcons matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (0-2 in preseason) vs. Atlanta Falcons (0-2)

WHEN: Friday, 8 p.m. ET

WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.

TV: CBS

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Falcons, Dan Reeves (7th year)

PRESEASON SERIES RECORD: Falcons lead 4-3

LAST FIVE PRESEASON MEETINGS: 1995 at Atlanta, Falcons 37, Dolphins 0; 1993 at Atlanta, Dolphins 28, Falcons 27; 1985 at Atlanta, Falcons 19, Dolphins 17; 1972 at Miami, Dolphins 24, Falcons 10; 1970 at Miami, Falcons 20, Dolphins 17

DOLPHINS INJURIES: FB Rob Konrad WR Oronde Gadsden (ankle), T Mark Dixon (ankle), DE Rob Burnett (knee), LB Eddie Moore (foot) and CB Patrick Surtain (knee) will not play; LB Corey Jenkins (hamstring) is doubtful.

FALCONS INJURIES: QB Michael Vick (fibula) will not play.


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