Dolphins QB Jay Fiedler said he will start tomorrow at Buffalo despite missing practice time this week with a cracked rib.

"I'm playing and I'm good to go," he said yesterday.

Fiedler aggravated the injury Sunday in a 24-10 loss to the Patriots and sat out the end of the game. He missed practice Wednesday but returned Thursday.

Sammy Morris will become the fourth player to start at running back this season for the winless Dolphins, replacing Leonard Henry. Morris has been slowed by an ankle injury and concussion and has eight yards on five carries this season.

Morris spent the first four years of his career in Buffalo before signing with the Dolphins (0-5) in March.

"There's a little something different playing against guys I played with for four years," he said.

Henry and Brock Forsey will back up Morris, Coach Dave Wannstedt said.

* OBITUARY: Tommy Kalmanir, a starting halfback on the 1951 Rams championship team and former Raiders assistant coach, has died. He was 78.

Kalmanir died Tuesday from pneumonia.

He played four years in the NFL, three with Los Angeles and one with Baltimore. He later was an assistant with the Raiders for three seasons.

* NOT SURE: Tom Rouen returned to practice but didn't perform well enough to convince Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren that the veteran punter will be healthy enough for tomorrow's game at New England. Rouen strained his right hamstring last week.

Holmgren had hoped to make a decision by yesterday on whether to let PK Josh Brown handle the punting or to bring rookie P Donnie Jones off the practice squad. Rouen didn't make the decision any easier.

-- From News Services