WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
WHERE: Dolphins Stadium, Miami, Fla.
ANNOUNCERS: Kenny Albert, play-by-play; Brian Baldinger, analysis
LINE: Carolina by 3
NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins -- tied-16th in total offense, 12th in rushing offense, 16th in passing offense, 10th in total defense, 8th in rushing defense, 16th in passing defense; Panthers -- 21st in total offense, 9th in rushing offense, 24th in passing offense, 9th in total defense, 6th in rushing defense, 20th in passing defense.
COACHES: Dolphins, Nick Saban (1st season with team); Panthers, John Fox (4th season)
SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 2-0
LAST MEETING: 2001 at Miami; Dolphins 23, Panthers 6
DOLPHINS INJURIES: RB Sammy Morris (shoulder) is probable.
PANTHERS INJURIES: CB Ken Lucas (shoulder), S Mike Minter (calf), TE Mike Seidman (shoulder) and LB Will Witherspoon (knee) are questionable; DT Brentson Buckner (knee), DT Jordan Carstens (ankle), RB Stephen Davis (neck) and LB Dan Morgan (back) are probable.
GAME NOTES: Dolphins G Jeno James, CB Reggie Howard and S Travares Tillman were all members of the 2003 Carolina team that lost to New England in the Super Bowl. ... The Dolphins, who are off next weekend, are 8-7 all time in games preceding a bye. ... Former C Tim Ruddy and former RB Joe Auer will serve as honorary Dolphins captains for the game. ... The Dolphins are 24-6 in August or September since moving to Dolphins Stadium in 1987.