FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS

After watching one player after another get nicked up and sidelined this summer, the Dolphins finally got some good news in the injury department when they received the word on tight end Jed Weaver and offensive lineman Leon Searcy.

After it was first feared that Searcy had a torn triceps, an injury that likely would have sidelined him for the season, it was discovered that the injury instead involved a muscle.

So now Searcy will not have to face surgery and he could be back in action in a few weeks.

Good news No. 2 involved the results of the MRI on Weaver which revealed that he had sustained only a bone bruise to his knee in the preseason victory over Chicago.

Weaver said after the game he had the same feeling in his leg as the time he tore knee cartilage.

As it is, Weaver could be in the lineup for Sunday's regular season opener against Detroit. His status is day-to-day.

Now the injury situation could get even better on Sunday when the Dolphins resume practice. That's because Coach Dave Wannstedt is hoping that several of his injured players will be ready to go — the list includes defensive tackle Tim Bowens, guard Jamie Nails, safety Brock Marion and offensive tackle.

As Wannstedt said Friday: "From a starting standpoint, we've got to get a few of our guys back healthy. When I see Nails, Wade, Timbo out there practicing, I'll feel better."

But no doubt, Wannstedt had to be feeling better after getting the word on Weaver and Searcy.


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