PRACTICE REPORT

The Dolphins were back on the practice field on Wednesday and they're finally getting healthy as the start of the regular season approaches.

In fact, Coach Dave Wannstedt said after practice, "We're in pretty good shape." That's something he hasn't been able to say in a while.

Tight end Jed Weaver, who bruised a bone in a knee in the preseason finale against Chicago, did everything at practice. Offensive tackle Todd Wade practiced as well, as did defensive Rob Burnett.

Even rookie cornerback Omare Lowe practiced on Wednesday, albeit on a limited basis.

Other than David Bowens and newly acquired tight end Desmond Clark, the only player of significance who didn't much at practice on Wednesday was cornerback Patrick Surtain, who is nursing a groin injury.

Surtain is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, but Wannstedt expects Surtain to take part in a full practice on Thursday.

"We're just being a little bit cautious with him," Wannstedt said.

-- The Dolphins filled out their practice squad when they signed Shawn Draper, who was cut after the team claimed Clark off waivers from Denver.

The other four on the practice squad are WR Sam Simmons, RB Leonard Henry, LB Joshua Symonette and G Dwayne Pierce.

-- A little over 3,000 tickets remain for Sunday's regular season opener against Detroit at Pro Player Stadium. The deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday for the game to sell out for the local television blackout to be lifted.


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