LAST CHANCE TO IMPRESS

Finally, the preseason is coming to an end. It's all over tonight after the Dolphins take on the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome.

The game marks the return to New Orleans of running back Ricky Williams, but if you think the game is a big deal for him, think again.

Williams declined to reporters this week even though everyone wanted to ask him about going back to New Orleans. The reason he didn't talk was exactly because it's just a meaningless preseason game.

Williams, as well as the other Dolphins starters, will be on the sidelines by the time the first quarter is over.

This game is for the guys on the bubble trying to convince the coaches they should get the last few remaining roster spots.

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

WHO: Miami Dolphins (1-2 in preseason) vs. New Orleans Saints (1-2)

WHEN: Thursday, 8 p.m. ET

WHERE: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.

TV: No national TV

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Saints, Jim Haslett (4th year)

PRESEASON SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 9-6

LAST FIVE PRESEASON MEETINGS: 2002 at Miami, Saints 24, Dolphins 7; 2000 at New Orleans, Dolphins 22, Saints 17; 1999 at Miami, Saints 26, Dolphins 14; 1992 at Baltimore, Saints 17, Dolphins 3; 1991 at Miami, Dolphins 28, Saints 24

DOLPHINS INJURIES: FB Rob Konrad (finger), WR Oronde Gadsden (ankle), T Mark Dixon (ankle), DE Rob Burnett (knee), LB Eddie Moore (foot), C Tim Ruddy (knee), QB Brian Griese (toe) and CB Patrick Surtain (knee) will not play.


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