'NOT BEHIND AT ALL'

Quarterback Jay Fiedler was limited in practice throughout the first week and a half of training camp because of his recent hip surgery. The question now is whether there's any reason to be concerned about potential consequences from the missed work.

The answer, quite simply, is no.

First off, Fiedler didn't miss enough practice time for that to be a concern. Second, even though he wasn't participating on a full-out basis, Fiedler was out there every day and did his share of throwing.

"He's not behind at all," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "He has been able to throw seven-on-seven and one-on-ones for the last two weeks. Rather than getting 50 throws a day, he got 25. That, in essence, is what it came down to."

This isn't to suggest that Fiedler doesn't have any work to do before the start of the regular season Sept. 8 against the Detroit Lions. It's just a matter of Fiedler working himself back into game condition and working at full speed.

When asked if he had some catching up to do, Fiedler replied, "There is still a little bit there. I still have to feel that live rush again, get my footwork back in the pocket, get the feel of moving around in the pocket and seeing everything downfield with the bodies coming across me. I just have to get that confidence back in my feet and back in my legs that I had before the surgery."

That shouldn't take too long. Remember that Fiedler underwent hip surgery in the summer of 2000 and was back in action three weeks afterward.

When the Dolphins open their preseason at Tampa Bay on Monday, Fiedler's most recent surgery will have taken place four weeks earlier.


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