Fiedler limited at camp
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
DAVIE - Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis after missing almost three weeks while recovering from left hip surgery.
"I got a few cobwebs out," Fiedler said after going through individual and 7-on-7 drills. "I started out slowly and I was real conscious of the hip. As we got going, I started to forget about it. It felt great just to be out there and just show these guys that I've still got it."
Fiedler, who is entering his third season as the Dolphins' starter, underwent arthroscopic surgery July 13. He will be reevaluated early next week and, if cleared, resume full practices.
"It was a good start for him and we'll just add a little to it each day," coach Dave Wannstedt said.
While Fiedler has no difficulties dropping back and throwing, his range of motion is limited, especially when rolling out.
Fiedler underwent a similar procedure on his right hip two years ago and missed the first three preseason games, but was still named the Dolphins starting quarterback.
Last year, Fiedler played all 16 games and completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 3,290 yards, 20 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He also ranked second on the team with 321 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
Fiedler's return means less practice time for Tim Levcik and Zak Kustok, who are battling for the third-string job behind backup Ray Lucas.
"Once Jay gets back, it will be Jay and Ray," Wannstedt said. "The other guys will have to pick up what's left."
The Associated Press
Quarterback Ray Lucas, near, will back up Jay Fiedler, far, again this season.
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