CARTER CATCHING ON

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."


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