LUCAS SHOULD PLAY

Amid speculation that the Dolphins have talked to Troy Aikman about joining them, quarterback Ray Lucas continues to get himself ready to play Sunday night at Giants Stadium.

Lucas again took part in practice on Thursday, splitting time with Sage Rosenfels.

But unlike Wednesday, Coach Dave Wannstedt was ready to say he fully expects Lucas to be in the starting lineup come Sunday night.

"I think he will be fine, to be honest with you," Wannstedt said. "He came back today and was no worse than yesterday. Unless something was to happen (Friday), I think he will be fine to start. I would expect it go that way."

As for the Aikman story, it was reported that the Dolphins contacted him through a third party this week. It's a story both Wannstedt and senior vice president Rick Spielman have denied.

It really doesn't make sense to go after Aikman.

By the time he is ready to contribute to the Dolphins, Jay Fiedler figures to be back from his thumb injury. Aikman has made it clear he doesn't want to be a backup, and Fiedler clearly is the starter here.

He has earned that position and doesn't deserve to be undermined by even the specter of having Aikman around while he continues to heal.


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