-- Jay Fiedler also played only two series; he was 4-for-6 for 36 yards. He almost was intercepted by Ronde Barber, who dropped the ball after falling down.
-- The Dolphins should have had an interception in Tampa Bay territory early in the fourth quarter, but a linesman blew his whistle prematurely. On the play, Ernest Grant punched the ball away from tight end Tracey Wistrom on a screen pass, and the ball landed between Grant and Tampa Bay offensive line Zack Quaccia and never hit the ground. While the ball was just laying on top of both players, Dolphins linebacker Kevin Rollins simply grabbed the ball. The original call was incomplete pass, but the Dolphins challenge the ruling. Officials then ruled that the whistle already had been blown, so the call stood.
-- Fullback Rob Konrad, who had five catches in the entire 2001 regular season, caught three passes in the first half against Tampa Bay.
-- The Dolphins reported four injuries after the game, the most severe of which was a fractured thumb for LB Scott Galyon. DT Larry Chester aggravated his leg injury, the one that sidelined him at the end of last year, so that potentially could be serious. DT Tim Bowens had a leg contusion, while CB Omare Lowe had a sprained ankle.
What they said:
QB Jay Fiedler: "We made a few mistakes out there. We've got to get together and shore that up."
FB Rob Konrad: "No matter how much football you've played, you're going to have those jitters. I had a motion penalty right off the bat. I can't remember the last time I had that."
Konrad: "At times after we settled down, we played some pretty good football."
DE Adewale Ogunleye: "This is not surprising to me. This is how I feel I'm capable of playing."
Coach Dave Wannstedt: "I thought the effort was excellent, particularly in the second half. I was very disappointed in how the game started. That's why we play preseason games, and it will give us something to talk about."