New kicker in town

As has been the case too often this season, the Dolphins are dealing with injuries, and in this case it's kicker Olindo Mare who has a problem. He already has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Buffalo because of his calf injury, and that's why the Dolphins on Wednesday signed former New York Giants kciker Matt Bryant.

Bryant was among a handful of kickers who worked out for the Dolphins this week after an MRI revealed that Mare had a Grade 2 sprain his calf.

Among the other kickers who worked out were former Arizona Cardinal Bill Gramatica, as well as former University of Oklahoma kicker Tim Duncan.

Bryant kicked this past weekend for the Colts as an emergency replacement for Mike Vanderjagt and made five extra points, although he missed a 44-yard field goal attempts in a 35-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

As for Mare, the Dolphins are hoping his injury won't keep him out long, but it's not impossible Bryant could be on the roster for a couple of weeks.

The Dolphins had prepared for the addition of a kicker on the roster by waiving wide receiver Ronald Bellamy on Tuesday. He's a likely candidate to return to the practice squad.

There's an opening there after the Dolphins released fullback Doug Easlick.

Easlick has had a weird journey with the Dolphins, first making the team as an undrafted rookie free agent, then even starting a game, then getting cut, then getting re-signed to the practice squad before finally getting released.

In the other injury news of note, quarterback Jay Fiedler sat out Wednesday's practice because of his cracked rib but A.J. Feeley worked.

Both are listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Buffalo, and Coach Dave Wannstedt has said Fiedler will start if he can play.

For his part, Fiedler said Wednesday he was hoping to play. Fiedler also revealed the rib initially was cracked in the game against the Jets and the injury simply was aggravated when Fiedler was sacked by safety Rodney Harrison late in the 24-10 loss at New England.

Fiedler said he didn't have any problems with the rib before then and was able to do everything he normally would be able to.


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