Thursday notes

Quarterback A.J. Feeley is dealing with yet another injury, this time in the chest area, but he says nothing will keep him from playing.

Feeley underwent an MRI on Wednesday, and interim head coach Jim Bates said the results indicated that Feeley does not risk worsening the injury by playing.

So it's just a matter of pain tolerance for Feeley, and he says that's not an issue.

"The reason I'm playing right now is that I have a lot to prove," Feeley said Thursday. "I want to prove it to the guys in this locker room through thick and thin, I'm here. They're going to have to take me out on a stretcher in order to get me off of the field.

"That's kind of my mentality right now, that I'm going to play through thick and thin, and good and bad, and unfortunately it's bad right now, but we're trying to make it better."

In other Dolphins news:

-- Feeley, incidentally, was a teammate of Denver running back Reuben Droughns at the University of Oregon and he said it's no surprise Droughns has busted through with a big season in 2004. Feeley, however, was surprised to learn that Droughns spent three weeks on the Dolphins practice squad a few years ago.

"It as kind of a shock because once you see the guy and you see his work ethic and his frame and how well he plays the game, it is kind of a surprise that people let him go," Feeley said. "I know when he was at Oregon, he was a workhorse for us. He got hurt, he got banged around a lot, but he was a guy that was definitely vital to us winning games."

-- After getting snippy over a question about whether he had been offered a job with the Dolphins front office, Dan Marino later released a statement through the team to clarify his position.

"I love the Dolphins and I said that I might be interested in a position with the team down the road," the statement read, "but right now I'm happy working in television."

-- With the Dolphins playing at Denver on Sunday, a big topic this week has been the Broncos offensive line's blocking technique.

The Broncos have become notorious for their cut blocking, which is legal under NFL rules but considered cheap when done unnecessarily. There have been more than one defensive players severely injured by such blocks through the years, including a Bengals defensive lineman who was blocked by Denver tackle George Foster in a Monday night game this season.

"Yeah, you don't like to see it," Jason Taylor said of Denver's cut blocking. "This league does a lot of things to protect some players, mainly quarterbacks, and doesn't care about other players like defensive linemen. It is one of the positions a lot of cheap shots are thrown at and no one seems to care about it and it does end people's seasons and sometimes careers.

"I just don't understand how a 330-pound man needs to get on the ground and roll around to block a 245-pound man or a 280-pound tackle. I just don't understand that."

When asked what could be done to get the rules changed to outlaw cut blocking, Taylor's suggestion was to get some offensive-minded people off the rules committee.

"It's not only in Denver," Taylor said. "It happens other places, too. There are teams that do it, maybe not as much as in some places, but it happens a lot and it's not right. It's cheap and dirty, but it's what we have to deal with."


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