The Miami Dolphins terminated the contract of starting free safety Antuan Edwards yesterday, citing his subpar play and the emergence of his backups as reasons for the surprising move.

Edwards, in his first year with the Dolphins after spending his first three seasons with Green Bay, had 45 tackles and one sack since winning the job in training camp from Arturo Freeman.

Edwards and cornerback Patrick Surtain were beaten by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on a 48-yard post pattern that gave the Cardinals the ball at the 3-yard line with 41 seconds left Sunday. They scored a touchdown four plays later and won, 24-23.

But General Manager Rick Spielman said no one play sealed Edwards's fate and Freeman and Yeremiah Bell were playing well.

Edwards "played well during the preseason and stuff. He had some struggles here as of late and it was just a chance we felt we had to move on," Spielman said.

The Dolphins have a bye this week and play Seattle on Nov. 21.

The Dolphins (1-8) also reached an injury settlement with kicker Matt Bryant, who was perfect on three attempts while Olindo Mare recovered from a calf injury.

* VIKINGS: After making token appearances in the previous two games, wide receiver Randy Moss sat out Monday night's loss at Indianapolis with a strained right hamstring -- the first absence of his seven-year career -- and will miss Sunday's game at Green Bay, as well. Marcus Robinson, Nate Burleson, Kelly Campbell and tight end Jermaine Wiggins will again carry the receiving load. Burleson returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown and caught an eight-yard scoring pass against the Colts.

* CHIEFS: Linebacker Shawn Barber will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury. Barber started all 24 games since joining the team as a free agent before the 2003 season. He was hurt during Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.

* BRONCOS: Denver fired David Gibbs as defensive backs coach and replaced him with assistant Jimmy Spencer, a former Broncos safety. Kirk Doll, an assistant defensive and special teams coach, will help Spencer coach defensive backs. The Broncos (6-3) have only three interceptions this year, two by cornerback Champ Bailey and one by cornerback Kelly Herndon.