FIEDLER'S FIRST STEP

Quarterback Jay Fiedler isn't totally back from his recent hip surgery, but he took the first step on Wednesday when he took part in his first practice. And although he was limited in what he could do, Fiedler still looked sharp.<P>

"It's nice to get out there and show them I've still got it a little bit," Fiedler said. "I started a little slowly and I was real conscious of the hip, but as we kept going, I just started not to think about it. I got to my reads and my throws and it felt pretty good."

Fiedler's first two passes during a seven-on-seven drill missed the mark, but he then found his target. One example was a deep pass over the middle to tight end Alonzo Mayes.

"Jay was actually sharp for the first day," Coach Dave Wannstedt said. "It was good for him just to start getting into it, to gain some confidence. But this is just a start."

The Dolphins are going to be cautious with Fiedler. He should take part in some drills this weekend when the Dolphins work out with the Tennessee Titans, but he won't be involved in anything where he might be required to make sudden movements.

Fiedler is scheduled to visit with Dr. Marc Philipon next week to get the go-ahead to work on a full-time basis.

The important thing is that everything is on schedule for Fiedler to be back in full swing before too long.

While Fiedler returned to practice on Wednesday, Ray Lucas was given the day off to rest.

"Just a little sore," Lucas said.


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