FINAL REHEARSAL

The Dolphins, mercifully, close out their preseason schedule Thursday night with a home game against the Chicago Bears. The biggest key in this game will be avoiding injuries to significant players,

Front-line players, such as QB Jay Fiedler, RB Ricky Williams, LB Zach Thomas and DE Jason Taylor, will see very limited action against the Bears, probably not much more than a quarter.

Players nursing injuries also will be kept out, which will give Coach Dave Wannstedt another chance at evaluating some of the young players fighting for roster spots.

What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Bears matchup:

WHO: Miami Dolphins (1-2 in preseason) vs. Chicago Bears (1-2)

WHEN: Thursday, 8 p.m. ET

WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.

TV: No live TV

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (3rd year with team); Bears, Dick Jauron (4th year)

PRESEASON SERIES RECORD: Chicago leads 7-3-1

LAST FIVE PRESEASON MEETINGS: 1997 at Miami, Bears 21, Dolphins 14; 1996 at Chicago, Bears 24, Dolphins 21; 1991 at Miami, Bears 6, Dolphins 0; 1990 at Chicago, Bears 10, Dolphins 6; 1989 at Miami, Bears 28, Dolphins 20

INJURIES; Dolphins — DE David Bowens (hand), DT Tim Bowens (toe), LB Scott Galyon (thumb), CB Omare Lowe (ankle), FS Brock Marion (knee), G Jamie Nails (knee) and T Todd Wade (ankle) are out; Bears — FS Mike Brown (hand), RB Maurice Hicks (hip), WR Ahmad Merritt (hand) and G Chris Villarial (hamstring) are out.


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