Taylor honored

The San Francisco 49ers paid dearly for their inexplicable decision not to double-team Jason Taylor last Sunday, and the Dolphins defensive end has been recognized for his performance in the 24-17 victory.

Taylor was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performance, which included three sacks, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble that linebacker Derrick Pope returned 1 yard for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

It was the fourth time Taylor won the weekly award; he won it twice in 2002 and once last season, for his work in a one-point victory over Washington.

In addition, Taylor won Player of the Month honors twice, that coming in October and November of 2002.

Taylor is the second Dolphins player honored this season, following Wes Welker, who was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his work as the emergency kicker at New England.

In other news:

-- Linebackers Zach Thomas (hamstring) and Tony Bua (quad) already have been ruled out of Sunday's game against Buffalo, and a published report suggested Thomas definitely would miss the Denver game (Dec. 12) as well.

-- The Dolphins signed two players to the practice squad, defensive end Ronald Flemons and linebacker Winston Taylor.

-- Speaking of Jason Taylor, he revealed on Wednesday that he lost 12 pounds last weekend after a bout of food poisoning while the team was in San Francisco.

-- New quarterback Jason Garrett has switched his jersey number to 5 to 17. Garrett has worn 17 since his freshman year in high school in honor of former Cleveland quarterback Brian Sipe, but 5 was the only number available last week while the team was away on the West Coast.

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