Dolphins Tuesday Tidbits
--The Dolphins have no plans to immediately re-sign tight end Marco Battaglia despite the struggles of rookie Donald Lee in last Sunday's 21-20 loss to Houston.
Battaglia is a more well-rounded tight end after seven NFL seasons. But the Dolphins decided to release Battaglia on the eve of the Houston game because of the need to create a roster space for Greg Jerman, who was promoted from the developmental squad to serve as a backup tackle.
Wannstedt said the Dolphins want to re-sign Battaglia but won't do so until Mark Dixon (ankle) is healthy enough to play again. Dixon probably will miss his second consecutive game Sunday against the New York Jets.
"I made it clear to Marco that we wanted him on this team, but we had to try to adjust the best we could," said Wannstedt, who plans to sign a tight end to his team's developmental squad. "If Dixon can't play, then it will probably affect Marco for another week."
--S Shawn Wooden hopes to play Sunday against the New York Jets despite having a fractured left hand and a strained right hamstring. Wooden, who plays in Miami's dime package, was injured in last Sunday's 21-20 loss to Houston.
--S Arturo Freeman could be playing in Miami's dime package if Shawn Wooden (hand/hamstring) is unable to play in Sunday's game at the New York Jets.
--TE Donald Lee will continue seeing extensive action in two tight end sets despite an up-and-down debut in last Sunday's 21-20 loss to Houston. Lee did well from a blocking standpoint while helping tackles Wade Smith and Todd Wade, but the 2003 fifth-round pick also committed two penalties and forced the Dolphins to call a timeout when lining up in the wrong formation.
--T Wade Smith did an OK job at left tackle in last Sunday's 21-20 loss to Houston, but the fact the Dolphins aren't completely sold was evidenced by the extensive use of two-tight end sets featuring rookie Donald Lee. Smith is expected to start Sunday against the New York Jets.
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