A SLOPPY PERFORMANCE

The Dolphins were very happy to leave Jacksonville with a 24-10 victory over the Jaguars, but they also know they have a lot of things to work on as they start thinking about Sunday's AFC East showdown against the New England Patriots.

First and foremost, the Dolphins need to do something about penalties. Miami set a dubious franchise record against the Jaguars with a whopping 149 yards in penalties.

There were culprits everywhere, with the calls including two pass interference penalties on Brock Marion, another on Zach Thomas, holding penalties on fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo and Jamie Nails and Tim Ruddy, as well as offsides on Jason Taylor and Rob Burnett.

"Part of what we expect is playing penalty-free and not turning the ball over," Coach Dave Wannstedt said in his day-after-the-game press conference. "I'm not going to get into what was a legitimate call and what wasn't. They were called and we have to eliminate them."

In other news:

-- Fullback Rob Konrad aggravated his knee injury early in the game against Jacksonville and missed the rest of the game. He underwent a second MRI on Monday, and it revealed a bone bruise. Konrad was expected to seek a second opinion.

His status for the New England game will be determined later in the week.

The Dolphins are hoping linebacker Junior Seau will be able to return after missing Sunday's game because of a hamstring injury. As for defensive tackle Tim Bowens, he sprained some ligaments in his hand in addition to a laceration and couldn't play against Jacksonville. His status for the New England game will be determined later in the week, but Wannstedt said he expected Bowens to be ready.

-- The entire offensive line appeared to struggle against Jacksonville, and Wannstedt said rookie Wade Smith had his "roughest day" of the season.

-- Tim Ruddy played the entire game at center, as the Dolphins did away with the rotation involving Seth McKinney ... at least for one game.

"We wanted to put Tim in there and let him play," Wannstedt said. "We felt like we weren't gaining that much and losing a little bit with the rotation. It just didn't happen. That's not to say it won't this week."


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