Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt is being non-committal about who will serve as
his team's dime cornerback for Sunday's home game against
Jamar Fletcher had manned the spot in the season-opener against Houston, but he was beaten on two completions and also committed a 15-yard face mask penalty. Fletcher was replaced in last Sunday's 21-10 victory over the New York Jets by safety Arturo Freeman, who had seen action at dime cornerback each of the past two seasons.
But Freeman didn't seem to impress Wannstedt against New York. That leaves open the possibility of Fletcher, Freeman or Shawn Wooden playing at dime cornerback against Buffalo. Wooden, who moved past Freeman on the team's depth chart during the preseason, missed the Jets game because of a strained hamstring.
"That's a week-to-week thing depending on the personnel," Wannstedt said about dime cornerback. "We'll see how it goes this week. I really don't know how we're going to line up."
Regardless of who fills the role, Miami is hoping to improve on a pass defense that has allowed quarterbacks David Carr (Texans) and Vinny Testaverde (Jets) to throw for a combined 639 yards in the first two games. The Dolphins also only have one sack and one interception, both of which came in the fourth quarter against New York.
"[The Bills] probably have the hottest offense right now in the NFL," Wannstedt said. "This is going to be a huge, huge challenge. Not just for our secondary, but for our entire defense."
--QB Brian Griese threw in pregame warm-ups before last Sunday's 21-10
victory over the New York Jets. While he won't be in uniform Sunday against
Buffalo, the Dolphins hope Griese can dress for an October 5 game against the
New York Giants.
--DT Tim Bowens has earned high praise from Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt for his play in Miami's first two games. Wannstedt credited Bowens with disrupting the New York Jets' offense on five separate occasions during last Sunday's 21-10 victory.
--TE Marco Battaglia is a player the Dolphins still want to re-sign, according to Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt. But until tackle Mark Dixon is ready for his projected return October 5 against the New York Giants, the Dolphins will use Battaglia's roster spot on backup tackle Greg Jerman.
--T Greg Jerman will remain on Miami's roster for another week as tackle Mark Dixon continues to recover from ankle surgery. The Dolphins are likely to waive Jerman when Dixon is healthy so the team can re-sign TE Marco Battaglia.
--S Shawn Wooden should be able to play this week, Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. Wooden, a key special teams player and a member of Miami's dime defensive package, missed last Sunday's 21-10 victory over the New York Jets because of a strained hamstring.