NEWS AND NOTES

The Dolphins' official injury report for Sunday's game against the Jets is pretty lengthy, but as of Thursday only one player had been ruled out for the game. That number could change on Friday, though.

Friday indeed could be a big day for cornerback Sam Madison, who suffered an ankle injury while giving chase of Corey Bradford's 78-yard touchdown last Sunday. Madison did not practice on Thursday, but Coach Dave Wannstedt is hoping he'll be able to go Friday.

If Madison can't go, then either Terrell Buckley or Jamar Fletcher will start in place, with Buckley the more logical choice.

Tackle Mark Dixon hasn't been ruled out yet, but it's highly doubtful he'll play. He hasn't taken part in a full practice yet, so it's difficult to envision him being able to play.

The prognosis is better when it comes to safety Shawn Wooden, who sustained hamstring and hand injuries against Houston.

In other news:

-- The Dolphins have signed tight end Josh Whitman to the practice squad to take the spot vacated when Greg Jerman was signed to the active roster.

-- Quarterback Sage Rosenfels is appealing a $12,500 fine levied for his block in the preseason finale against New Orleans. Rosenfels was flagged for an illegal block on the play, which saw Saints starting safety Mel Mitchell sustain a season-ending knee injury.

-- Former Dolphins kick returner Albert Johnson has been released by the Jets, who replaced him with former Carolina Pro Bowl selection Michael Bates.


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