DAVIE, Fla. -- Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas will miss
Sunday's game against the Giants in London because of whiplash from
a car accident.
Tests showed no other symptoms besides the whiplash, Miami coach
Cam Cameron said Thursday, but doctors recommended Thomas rest and
not travel. He was not at practice.
"Obviously, that's unfortunate," Cameron said. "But there are
some guys that are going to step up."
The 0-7 Dolphins play New York in Wembley Stadium on Sunday in
the NFL's first regular-season game outside North America. Thomas
was tested for the injury Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
The middle linebacker and his wife were driving after the
Dolphins' 49-28 loss to the New England Patriots last weekend when
their vehicle was hit on Florida's Turnpike. According to the
Florida Highway Patrol, they were rear-ended in stop-and-go traffic
by a driver wearing Patriots attire. Thomas was wearing a seat
"You can't replace Zach, that's for sure," defensive end Matt Roth said. "You've just got to make due without him."
Thomas' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Thomas had a sore neck and
was tested for both possible concussion symptoms and whiplash. He
said Thomas' received a "very good report."
"This is not a long-term problem, by any stretch," Rosenhaus
Thomas -- a 12-year league veteran who has made seven Pro Bowl
appearances -- has missed two consecutive games this season because
of a concussion. He is among a group of key Dolphins -- including
quarterback Trent Green, safety Yeremiah Bell and running back
Ronnie Brown -- who have been injured this season.
"We've just got to go out there and play and try to do our job
the best way we know how," linebacker Joey Porter said. "It's not
like it's the first time it happened this year."