DIXON'S FIRST DAY

Mark Dixon began making the transition from guard to tackle when the Dolphins practiced on Sunday, and Coach Dave Wannstedt proclaimed the first step a success.

"Mark is very encouraging," Wannstedt said. "He is such a good athlete. He's going to find a way to get the jod done. He always has."

It's already been pretty well established that Dixon is a good athlete — he is considered one of the best basketball players on the team, if not the best.

In addition, the fact that Dixon is always so hard on himself works in his favor because this is guy who will never slack off.

"I caught him in there (training camp facility) watching tape and I thought he was watching Houston's tape," said Wannstedt said. "Again, he was watching tape of Jason Taylor at 7 this morning."

Dixon's first major step will come in the next preseason game, next Saturday night at Houston.

In other news on Sunday:

-- Offensive tackle Todd Wade (hamstring), DT Tim Bowens (toe), DE Rob Burnett (hamstring) and DT Larry Chester (ankle) missed the morning practice because of injuries.

-- RB Robert Edwards was back at practice on Sunday, but he only worked on a limited basis.


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