Wide receiver Cris Carter is been playing catch-up since signing with the Dolphins early last week, and the future Hall of Famer is proving pretty good at that game as well.

Although Coach Dave Wannstedt hasn't come out and said so, it's almost a given at this point that Carter will be in uniform when the Dolphins play at Green Bay on Monday night.

Furthermore, it would be a surprise as well if Carter wasn't in the starting lineup opposite Chris Chambers.

The big question when it comes to Carter is how much playing time he will get because he may be in very good shape, but he hasn't played in a game since last January and isn't in game shape yet.

Carter has been working feverishly since joining the Dolphins, spending extra time in meetings and doing whatever he can to learn the Dolphins offense.

It's a process that's going to take some time, because the terminology is a lot different than what Carter was accustomed to in Minnesota, but Carter is making steady progress.

"Cris is doing fine," said Wannstedt. "He's still working into it. Every day, something comes up that is a first time for him, and that's expected, and that's the way it's going to be for a couple of weeks."

Still, Carter has impressed his coaches and teammates what some of his practice work and his ability to grasp the system.

When asked whether he thought Carter would be ready to play Monday night, quarterback Ray Lucas didn't hesitate: "Yeah. He's going to the Hall of Fame. It doesn't take a dude that long to get acclimated to the process. He's been in here and he's been running a lot, so he'll be fine."

For his part, Carter isn't concerned about his playing status for Monday, and that includes whether he will be starting.

"I haven't even thought about it," he said. "What do you think? I don't think it matters what I think. What difference does it make? I will be ready when they put me in there. I don't have a choice." on seeing cris carter: "When I saw that cris carter signed with Miami, I thought it was a great move from Miami's standpoint. I haven't seen his press conferences, but I'm sure he'd say I can't run like I used to, I'm not quite in game shape. He's got great hands, he can catch the football as well as anybody and he's extremely smart. And at this stage of the season, for a team that's had injuries on offense, there's no better guy to bring in to the huddle. I consider him a Sterling Sharpe-like guy. I have the fortunate opportunity to play with Sterling and he was like a quarterback in the huddle. Not only could he play, but he was a very heady guy. He knew what was going on, he knew what the team needed, he knew the situations real well. There's no substitute for that. Sometimes people overlook that part of it and look for speed and just natural ability. I think Cris Carter is a great move for Miami. I think he'll help that team. It may not be so much receptions as it is just the intangible stuff." "I think he can help the guys around him, not only the receivers, but he can help the quarterbacks, the linemen. He's just a great leader. And he's one of the best clutch guys to play the game." on carter: on carter: "the biggest thing for cris right now is he's learning the offense. He is in better shape than I thought. We've been putting in the extra time in meetings to get him caught up in the offense. I don't know how much he'll play Monday night. If he has a good week of practice, I don't know how much he'll play, but I would expect him to be involved Monday night." on carter: "He's a smart player as everybody knows. He has done a good job of grasping what we're doing at this point. It's probably helped Cris because ause we've had to backtrack with Ray Lucas in there."

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