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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 16, 2001


QB Fiedler hopes Miami adds WRs

MIAMI -- Jay Fiedler is emerging from the darkness of the past two months. The surgery that made him wonder if he would ever move his left arm again is healing, even as the onslaught of moves meant to replace him is almost over. Now, if Miami's starting quarterback can survive the draft, he can finally say he has stepped back into the light.

Fiedler wants one more chance in the glare of Miami's starting quarterback job. Last season, littered with injuries and limited by a suspect supporting cast, doesn't offer a clear picture of what Fiedler can do.

It wouldn't be fair if he didn't get another chance.

But the Dolphins have shown little regard for fairness in trying to trade for Matt Hasselbeck, in signing Ray Lucas and in flirting with the idea of drafting Drew Brees.

The Hasselbeck trade fell through, and Lucas was signed ostensibly to be the backup. But if Miami selects Brees with the 26th pick Saturday, the rookie instantly would be stamped the princely heir to Dan Marino's throne.

Fiedler would be viewed as the guy keeping the seat warm.

For that reason and others just as selfish, Fiedler will watch the draft and hope the Dolphins focus on another position.

"Well, it's not my job to pick the talent, and I'm sure they'll do a great job," Fiedler says, "but selfishly, I'd like to see them pick a receiver in the first round. I'd like to see them pick a receiver in the first three rounds, if possible. That wouldn't disappoint me one bit."

Fiedler is on such a fast track to recovery, he plans to participate in minicamp, April 27-29.

"Coming back from surgery is a long process, especially the one I had," Fiedler said. "It starts out that you can't even move your arm, and you don't see any light at the end of the tunnel. It gets frustrating, and you want to keep pushing yourself as much as you can.

"The range of motion is back, and I'm throwing the ball well. I just got off the phone with the doctor who gave me the okay to start lifting (weights)."

BEARS: North Carolina State wide receiver Koren Robinson and Maryland running back LaMont Jordan were interviewed last week. The team wants a closer look at the severe hamstring pull Robinson had in workouts. The injury is serious enough to raise questions about whether he will be ready to go full speed before training camp. But the team was satisfied with the nature of his injury, along with his maturity.

XFL playoffs

LOS ANGELES 33, CHICAGO 16: Tommy Maddox threw two touchdowns, and Saladin McCullough ran for 164 yards on 21 carries as the host Xtreme advanced to the championship game. Los Angeles meets the San Francisco Demons on Saturday at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

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