Rosenfels on deck if Fiedler, Feeley too hurt
DAVIE, Fla. -- Jay Fiedler has a cracked rib and A.J. Feeley a concussion. So the Miami Dolphins might be forced to turn to third-string quarterback Sage Rosenfels when they play the Buffalo Bills next Sunday in a matchup of the NFL's last two winless teams.
Rosenfels has not played this season. He is 4-for-9 for one touchdown in four NFL seasons.
Fiedler first hurt his rib against the Jets on Oct. 3, then was injured again late in Sunday's 24-10 loss at New England when he was sacked by safety Rodney Harrison.
"The ribs are tender right now," Fiedler said Monday. "I'll take it day by day and see how it goes."
Fiedler's agent, Brian Levy, said the quarterback has a 50-percent chance to play.
Coach Dave Wannstedt is certainly hoping he will.
"If he can play and help us win, he'll be out there," Wannstedt said. "With Jay we'll know. We'll know because he'll be very honest about it. And we know that his pain tolerance is high."
"Jay and A.J. are both doing better than (Sunday) from a health standpoint. We will evaluate them and then see where they're at on Wednesday morning as far as practice and who can do what and exactly where their health is."
Feeley, who replaced Fiedler against New England, sustained a concussion on Miami's last offensive play when he was hit by linebacker Rosevelt Colvin after releasing a pass.
Feeley said he didn't remember the play after the game but remembered everything Monday.
"I got a direct shot to the chin and it made me a little loopy," Feeley said. "I got the aches and pains of two plays. Other than that I'm fine."
Wannstedt's only other option is Rosenfels, a fourth-year veteran who has played in just six games. With Fiedler and Feeley having the two worst quarterback ratings among all qualifying passers, Dolphins fans have started lobbying for Rosenfels.
"I'm the insurance policy," Rosenfels said. "If for some reason these guys can't go, I'm going to be ready just like I am every week."
Wannstedt also said placekicker Olindo Mare, who missed the game after aggravating a calf injury during pregame warmups, would be re-evaluated Tuesday or Wednesday before the team decided whether to sign another kicker.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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