The Dolphins worst fear came to fruition Monday when starting quarterback Jay Fiedler was diagnosed with a broken thumb on his throwing hand, which will require surgery.
The surgery is to aide in the stabilizing and healing of the thumb, which was broke near the base of the joint.
Fiedler was injured when his hand hit a helmet on a 5-yard pass to Ricky Williams on the Dolphins' next-to-last drive. But, Fielder continued to play, leading the Dolphins to a come from behind victory against the Denver Broncos, Sunday night in Denver.
"It happened in the second-to-last drive on a throw to Ricky in the flat," said Fiedler, who had a cast on his right thumb after the game. "I came down on a helmet and felt something loose in there, but I was still able to grip and throw."
Fiedler led the Dolphins on the game winning scoring drive following the injury, completing three passes, including a 17-yard strike to Randy McMichael, followed by a 22-yard completion to Dedric Ward that set up Olindo Mare's 53-yard game winning field goal.
Optimistic estimates have Fiedler missing approximately a month of action, which will elevate Ray Lucas into the starting lineup. Lucas has a lifetime 6-3 record as a starting quarterback when he was with the New York Jets during the 1999 season.