BEAT-UP LUCAS

All indications are that Ray Lucas' psyche is fine despite his nightmare performance in Sunday's loss to Buffalo. But it's his body that is really feeling the effects of that game.

Lucas didn't practice on Tuesday because he's so sore, and Coach Dave Wannstedt went as far as to say that Lucas probably wouldn't be able to play if the Dolphins had a game this weekend.

The day after the game against Buffalo, Lucas showed up at Dolphins headquarters with a sore shoulder and a hip pointer.

Said Wannstedt: "Heis beat up that bad and limping around."

While there's no concern about Lucas not being ready for the Green Bay game, the Dolphins would like to get him back working as soon as possible so he can start throwing to newly signed wide veteran Cris Carter.

Lucas' shoulder injury was plain for everyone to see. He was drilled to the ground by Bills defensive lineman Ron Edwards when someone (it looked like left tackle Marcus Spriggs) blew an assignment at the line of scrimmage.

Lucas had just faked a handoff and was preparing to give the ball to Dedric Ward on a reverse when he was drilled by Edwards. Lucas had his back to the line when he was hit and was defenseless.

He stayed on the ground for a few seconds before walking off the field. He didn't miss a play.

When asked after the game if the injury affected his play, Lucas was quick to say there were no excuses. Wannstedt also said he didn't think the injury was a factor in Lucas' performance.


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