Dolphins Monday Madness

Dolphins team news and notes.

Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt admits he wasn't particularly happy with the performance of quarterback Jay Fiedler in Sunday's 17-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
   Fiedler threw one touchdown pass, but also had one of his interceptions returned for a touchdown. Fiedler had another pass intercepted and was noticeably erratic in a 16-of-28 passing performance for 154 yards.
   "There were a couple of bad decisions," Wannstedt said Monday. "Jay would be the first one to tell you that responsibility comes along with the territory of being the quarterback ... You've got to know when to take chances and when not to."
   ESPN announcers jumped all over wide receiver James McKnight for not turning around on a Fiedler pass that was intercepted and returned 54 yards for a touchdown by Buffalo cornerback Nate Clements, cutting Miami's lead to 10-7 early in the fourth quarter. But the play wasn't McKnight's fault, as Fiedler should have thrown the pass to a running back on the other side of the field.
   Still, don't expect a quarterback controversy any time soon. Brian Griese, who was signed in the offseason as Fiedler's backup, hasn't practiced since suffering ligament damage in his left toe during the third preseason game and Sage Rosenfels has never made an NFL start.
   --LT Mark Dixon (ankle) is supposed to begin individual drills Tuesday and could be in uniform as a backup for an Oct. 5 game against the New York Giants. Dixon hasn't played this season since surgery for a stress fracture and to remove loose bodies after the team's first exhibition game.
   --QB Brian Griese (toe) should be ready to begin practicing on a limited basis Tuesday, according to coach Dave Wannstedt. If healthy enough, it appears Griese will return as the third-string quarterback for an Oct. 5 game against the New York Giants.
   --P Mark Royals is on the hot seat to perform better after his second mediocre performance in three contests during last Sunday's 17-7 victory over Buffalo. The Dolphins are set to bring in free-agent punters for workouts, although Royals appears safe through at least an Oct. 5 game against the New York Giants.
   --LS Sean McDermott is on the hot seat to perform better after his second inconsistent performance in three contests during last Sunday's 17-7 victory over Buffalo. The Dolphins are actively scouting free-agent long snappers in case the decision is made to sack McDermott, who had a poor snap on a punt that led to a Mark Royals shank against Buffalo.
   --RB Ricky Williams will remain as the team's third-down back despite tallying 93 carries in Miami's first three games, Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. Williams is on pace for 496 carries, which would smash the NFL's single-season record of 410 set by Atlanta's Jamal Anderson in 1998.

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