Fiedler is '50-50'

Jay Fiedler was in a lot of pain on Monday, and exactly how much pain he can endure probably will determine whether he starts next weekend at Buffalo.

Fiedler's agent, Brian Levy, said Monday there was a "50-50" chance Fiedler would be able to play on Sunday.

Coach Dave Wannstedt, for his part, said Fiedler would be re-evaluated on Wednesday and Fiedler's ability to play through the pain would determine his status for Sunday.

Levy also confirmed published reports that Fiedler has a cracked rib.

Fiedler first sustained a rib injury in the 17-9 loss to the Jets on Oct. 3, then was injured again late in Sunday's 24-10 loss at New England when he was sacked by safety Rodney Harrison.

"He played through it last week, but it's more painful today," Levy said. "I'm not optimistic, I'm not pessimistic. There's probably a 50 percent chance that he'll play."

Wannstedt confirmed on Monday that center Seth McKinney was responsible for sliding over to the right and blocking the blitzing Harrison on the play, but he was beaten physically as Harrison got a good jump on the play.

Incidentally, it was the second time in two years Harrison sacked Fiedler on a blitz from the quarterback's right with the Dolphins near the New England goal line.

You would think at some point the Dolphins would make it a point to make sure Harrison gets blocked.

But that's another story for a different day.

After Fiedler went down, it was A.J. Feeley's turn to get hurt, as he sustained a concussion when he was nailed by linebacker Rosevelt Colvin just after firing an incomplete pass on fourth down, which turned out to be the Dolphins' last offensive play of the game.

As with Fiedler, Wannstedt said he would know more about Feeley's condition and his availability for next Sunday in the next couple of days.

"Jay and A.J. are both doing better than yesterday from a health standpoint," Wannstedt said. "{I really don't have any more information at this time. We will evaluate them tomorrow and then see where they're at on Wednesday morning as far as practice and who can do what and exactly where their health is."

As for Fiedler's performance against the Pats, he said there was some improvement, but then quickly talked about Fiedler's fourth-quarter interception, which set up a New England touchdown.

"I thought there was some improvement there," Wannstedt said. "The early turnover, it was a great call. They were in a two-deep coverage and we had Chris (Chambers) going down the seam. It was the perfect call for the situation and we've got to get the ball over both of them or leading out in front of them. The throw was there to be had and Jay just underthrows the thing and it was intercepted."

That said, Wannstedt said Fiedler would be the starter if he's able to go against Buffalo.

"If he can play and help us win he'll be out there," Wannstedt said. "With Jay we'll know. We'll know because he'll be very honest about it. And we know that his pain tolerance is high. It's almost not as much a pain tolerance as because of the injury being able to do his job as far as the movements and throwing and doing all the stuff."


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