Pope questionable for game after brief hospitalization

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins linebacker Derrick Pope said
Sunday he was feeling better after going to the hospital for
medical attention.

Pope missed practice Saturday and his status for Monday's game
against the Pittsburgh Steelers was questionable.

Neither Pope nor the Dolphins disclosed Sunday what exactly the
fourth-year linebacker was feeling or what doctors found, if

"Everything checked out and I feel better," Pope said in a
statement released by the team. "I appreciate everyone's concerns.
I know our team physicians have been in touch with the hospital
medical staff and are satisfied that everything is in order."

Pope has started at outside linebacker in the past five games.
If Pope cannot start, he likely will be replaced by Donnie Spragan,
coach Cam Cameron said.