Quarterback Jay Fiedler has an important rendez-vous on Wednesday when he meets with Dr. Marc Philippon in Fort Lauderdale to gauge the progress of his hip.

The Dolphins are hoping Fiedler will get a clean bill of health and will be given the green light to begin practicing on a full-time basis.

So far, everything has gone well with Fiedler's recovery from a July 19 operation, and tomorrow is just another step.

When asked on Tuesday how Fiedler was doing, Coach Dave Wannstedt replied, ""Very good. I think he's fine. He's running, in fact, he was running over there (on the practice field) a couple of minutes ago."

Wannstedt also made the point that Fiedler returned in three weeks when he had surgery on his left hip two summers ago. It has now been a little over three weeks since Fiedler has the operation on his right hip.

The result of Wednesday's visit with the doctor will go a long way toward helping Wannstedt decide when Fiedler will make his preseason debut.

With games next Monday and Thursday, rest assured that Wannstedt will err on the side of caution. That said, it wouldn't be a big surprise if Fiedler sat out Monday's game at Tampa Bay.

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