SAINTS COME MARCHING IN

The Dolphins are back on the field Thursday night for their second preseason game in four nights. The New Orleans Saints visit Pro Player Stadium in a game that marks a reunion between Ricky Williams and his former team.

As much as that makes for a great story, the Dolphins are a lot more concerned about continuing their progress this summer.

Williams is expected to get more work than he did against Tampa Bay Monday night when he carried five times for 9 yards, but don't expect him to be in the game past the middle of the second quarter.

"We have to keep our focus on our team and what we have to get done and not get caught up with who we're playing in the preseason or any of that stuff," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "Ricky will probably get a few more carries. How many? I can't tell you, to be honest.

"Again, the focus is going to be on trying to improve certain areas of our football team and the opponent is really insignificant. It wouldn't make a difference who we're playing."

What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Saints matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (0-1 in preseason) vs. New Orleans Saints (0-1)

WHEN: Thursday, 7 p.m. ET

WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.

TV: None

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (3rd year with team); Saints, Jim Haslett (3rd year)

PRESEASON SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 9-5

LAST FIVE PRESEASON MEETINGS: 2000, at New Orleans, Dolphins 22, Saints 17; 1999, at Miami, Saints 26, Dolphins 14; 1992, at Baltimore, Saints 17, Dolphins 3; 1991, at Miami, Dolphins 28, Saints 24; 1983, at Miami, Saints 19, Dolphins 17

INJURIES: Dolphins — G Mark Dixon (ankle), DT Larry Chester (ankle), DE Rob Burnett (hamstring), LB Scott Galyon (thumb), CB Omare Lowe (ankle) are out; LB Tommy Hendricks (hamstring) is questionable; Saints — G Wally Williams (knee), T Shane Cook (pectoral muscle), DE Darren Howard, WR Donte' Stallworth (shoulder) are out; FB Moran Norris (ribs) is questionable.


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