News all bad for Dolphins


DAVIE, Fla. -- This is how bad the news was for the Miami Dolphins yesterday: A guy who didn't even play Sunday in

Cleveland was forced to have surgery.

The news was, as expected, bad for quarterback Dan Marino when tests revealed that he had ruptured his right Achilles' tendon. Marino had surgery early yesterday and is expected to be out for four to six months, essentially the rest of the season.

Likewise, the news on linebacker John Offerdahl was bad. Offerdahl has a separated right shoulder and will miss at least three and perhaps as many as six weeks. He could miss as many as five games.

Defensive back Louis Oliver was on the injury list announced by coach Don Shula with a bruised shoulder.

Lost in the shuffle of Marino news and the interviewing of new QB starter Scott Mitchell was the ironic topper: Reserve defensive lineman David Griggs, who was inactive for the Cleveland game, had to have surgery on his right knee. Griggs is expected to miss two or three games.

The news on Marino was the sobering stuff. Marino had surgery around noon at Imperial Point Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. The procedure to reattach the elastic tendon that stretches from the calf to the ball of the foot was performed by team doctors Pete Indelicato and Dan Kanell and took approximately an hour.

"It's tough to see a competitor like Dan have to miss a season," Shula said. "He's been so great for so long."

Marino will be in a cast for approximately six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery, although he will not be back this season.

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