HEDGING: One day after team physician Richard Weiss said Jim Kelly would play for the Bills in Saturday's AFC playoff game against the Dolphins, Kelly and Coach Marv Levy hedged as Kelly practiced for the first time since injuring his knee Dec. 15 against the Giants.

"I'm going to go if I can go," Kelly said. "I'm not going to go if I feel it's going to hinder me for the rest of my career. This is a big game and if there's any way I can play, I'm going to play."

Weiss said Monday that Kelly was "going to play this weekend, I'm sure. He's right on schedule and there's no reason to think anything else."

But Kelly, after practicing with the team for several hours in the team's bubble outside Rich Stadium, said, "It's my decision, one-hundred percent."

"Doctors sometimes say some things they don't really know one-hundred percent," Kelly added. "Dr. Weiss . . . is not in my body. He doesn't feel what my knee feels."

Levy also said a decision on whether Kelly played would not be made by Weiss.

QUESTIONABLE: Dolphins Pro Bowl LB John Offerdahl is hobbling on a sprained left arch and his status for Saturday's playoff game in Buffalo is questionable. Mike Reichenbach, 29, a seven-year journeyman would start if Offerdahl can't.

SEARCHING: Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse is in no hurry to find a replacement for Ray Perkins, who was fired last month.

Culverhouse moved quickly to lure Perkins from the University of Alabama four years ago, but said he will not make a hasty decision or be drawn into speculation about a successor this time.

"I'd rather take my time. It's too critical a decision to make a rush decision," Culverhouse said. "I'll take whatever time is necessary."

NOT FINISHED: Former All-Pro WR Mike Quick, who has been hampered by injuries for most of his career, wants to play again next season, but doesn't know if he'll return to the Eagles.

"I'm going to play again," he said. "But if I get to the point that I feel I can't play, I won't. It's that simple."