Concussed Feeley given OK to play if needed

Updated: October 13, 2004, 5:52 PM ET
Associated Press

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler said Wednesday he's uncertain whether a cracked rib will prevent him from playing Sunday at Buffalo.

If Fiedler doesn't start, A.J. Feeley said he'll be ready to step in.

Both were listed as questionable on the injury report, but Feeley was more optimistic about his availability after recovering from a concussion in Sunday's 24-10 loss at New England.

Fiedler said he won't know until later this week how much he'll be hampered by the cracked rib he suffered Oct. 3 against the New York Jets.

"It depends on how it reacts in the next couple of days -- whether it has gotten worse or stayed the same," he said. "It's something we'll find out as I go out and work through it."

Fiedler aggravated the injury late in the game against the Patriots. Feeley replaced him and suffered a concussion on Miami's final offensive play.

Feeley, who has started two games this season, said he received medical clearance to play this week.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm ready to go if called upon."

Fiedler will start if he can play, coach Dave Wannstedt said.

Defensive tackle Tim Bowens, sidelined all season because of a herniated disc, received medical clearance to join practice and is listed as questionable. Running back Travis Minor, sidelined since the opener with a sprained ankle, is also questionable.

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