FROM THE GAME

Here are some observations, notes and anecdotes from Saturday's 20-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

-- Ricky Williams took over the NFL rushing lead and might not give it up with Kansas City's Priest Holmes expected to miss the last two games of the regular season because of a hip injury.

-- The Dolphins caught a break in the first quarter when Daunte Culpepper overthrew a wide-open Randy Moss at the end of a flea-flicker.

Moss got behind cornerback Patrick Surtain and safety Brock Marion, who moved closer to the line of scrimmage before running back Michael Bennett pitched the ball back to Culpepper.

-- The Dolphins had only 10 offensive snaps in the second quarter, while Minnesota had 26.

-- The Dolphins had a third-and-1 turn into a third-and-21 in the second quarter after tight end Randy McMichael was called for a personal foul and guard Seth McKinney followed that by being called for a false start.

-- Defensive end Jason Taylor went to the locker room after sustained a groin strain in the first half, but he didn't miss any plays.

-- Defensive tackle Larry Chester left the game with an apparent left leg injury late in the second quarter. He came back in the second half, but was injured again on Minnesota's first touchdown and was carted off the field to have X-rays on his left ankle.

The X-rays didn't reveal any damage, and Chester was back in the game in the second half.

-- Defensive end Rob Burnett wasn't so lucky. He sustained a hip injury in the first half and didn't return after being carted off the field.

-- Former Dolphins tight end Hunter Goodwin incurred an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for getting in Jason Taylor's face after the Vikings' first touchdown.

-- The Vikings' first sack of the game was recorded, ironically enough, by former Dolphins defensive ends Lorenzo Bromell and Kenny Mixon.


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