GAME IN JEOPARDY

The threat of Hurricane Frances already has prompted the Dolphins to delay their flight to New Orleans to Friday, and it's not impossible it could wind up forcing the cancellation of the game altogether.

Team president Eddie Jones said a final determination as to whether the game would be played would be made by Friday at 9 a.m., but he did indicate the possibility existed that the game could be called off.

It isn't the first time a hurricane has disrupted the Dolphins. Just think back to the 1992 season when the regular season opener against New England was pushed back to both teams' bye week because South Florida still was dealing with the aftereffects of Hurricane Andrew.

In other news and notes:

-- The Dolphins signed veteran defensive end Chidi Ahanotu on Wednesday to bolster a line that lost AFC sack leader Adewale Ogunleye.

If there is a game Friday, Ahanotu would play only a little, if at all. Coach Dave Wannstedt said he was counting on Ahanotu contributed as an inside pass rusher in obvious passing situations.

-- The Dolphins are still looking for a punt returner, and among the guys Wannstedt has mentioned as possibilities are Antonio Freeman, Antuan Edwards and rookie Will Poole.

-- Wannstedt was asked Wednesday which players had surprised the most during training camp, and he mentioned offensive linemen Seth McKinney and John St. Clair, along with rookies Derrick Pope, Tony Bua and Poole.

-- Wannstedt this week raised the possibility of keeping as many as eight linebackers on the 53-man roster.

The eight would be Zach Thomas, Junior Seau, Morlon Greenwood, Pope, Bua, Eddie Moore, Corey Jenkins and Brendon Ayanbadejo.

-- Wannstedt said he hadn't given a lot of thought as to who would be the starting running back come opening day, saying both Travis Minor and Sammy Morris will see a lot of action.


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