DOLPHINS SHUT OUT

The Dolphins didn't sustain any major injuries in Saturday's preseason game against Washington, but that may have been the only positive news in a dreadful 17-0 loss at Pro Player Stadium.<P>

This marked the first time the Dolphins were shut out in the preseason since they were blanked by Green Bay, 20-0, in 1997.

The Dolphins offense was nothing short of pathetic, finishing with a paltry 98 total yards.

The defense, meanwhile, didn't come up with any turnovers and allowed 181 rushing yards.

A.J. Feeley got the start at quarterback and left the game after completing 4 of 8 passes for 36 yards. Jay Fiedler was 4-for-9 for 41 yards. Neither threw a touchdown pass or an interception.

Sage Rosenfels was in the game for only series in the third quarter before he was replaced by fourth-stringer Clint Stoerner.

Stoerner, who is not expected to make the 53-man roster, completed only one of seven passes for minus-4 yards.

The Dolphins running game got off to a solid start as Travis Minor gained 11 yards on his first three carries, but that was it. He gained only 4 yards on his next five carries and finished the first half with 15 yards on eight carries, less than 2 yards per attempt.

Washington took the lead on its first drive by marching 63 yards in eight plays, the score coming on Clinton Portis' 1-yard run.

The lead grew to 14-0 in the second quarter when Rock Cartwright scored on a 1-yard run. The score culminated a drive that saw Washington convert three third-down situations.

The Dolphins' first drive easily was their best of the first half as they moved to the Washington 40-yard line, thanks largely to an illegal contact penalty on Redskins rookie Sean Taylor on third down.

But Chris Chambers fumbled after catching a slant from Feeley when he was immediately hit by Taylor.

It was one of two turnovers by the Dolphins. The other came when Fiedler fumbled on a quarterback sneak when the Dolphins went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Redskins 36-yard line early inthe second half.

Fiedler came into the game at the two-minute warning and moved the Dolphins to the Washington 45-yard line thanks in large part to a 19-yard completion to newly signed wide receiver Antonio Freeman.

But the drive stalled after three straight incompletions.


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