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Monday, November 4
 
Carter to make debut; Favre likely to play

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Tonight's showdown between division leaders Miami and Green Bay is particularly special for Chris Chambers.

The second-year receiver returns to the Dolphins lineup after an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit from Denver strong safety Kenoy Kennedy on Oct. 13 sent him to the sideline with a concussion.

It's also the first time he'll team up with future Hall of Fame wideout Cris Carter, who came out of retirement after Oronde Gadsden was lost for the season with a wrist injury.

"Right now I have to help him a little more than he does me,'' said Chambers, who hopes to eventually pick Carter's brain on the way to the Super Bowl.

Carter added: "Of course he is going to learn some things because I have seen pretty much everything out there.''

Except a championship.

The Dolphins (5-2) could make their biggest statement yet toward that goal with a victory over the Packers (6-1) at chilly Lambeau Field.

Despite a sprained left knee, Brett Favre is planning to make his 165th consecutive regular-season start for the Packers, a record for NFL quarterbacks and the longest active streak by any player at any position.

Favre was hurt Oct. 20 when Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington sacked him. The Packers were idle last week, which gave Favre time to heal.

Sherman said Favre's mobility was restricted earlier in the week because he had the knee heavily taped and was wearing a brace. Favre will protect the knee with just the brace during Monday's game.

Teammates said Favre looked good on a few long passes during Saturday's practice, including a 50-yarder to Donald Driver.

This is the first trip back to Wisconsin for Chambers, a former Badgers star who figured he'd play his pro career in Green Bay before the Packers stunningly drafted Robert Ferguson of Texas A&M instead.

Chambers said he has no idea why the Packers didn't draft him. Instead, the Dolphins picked him in the second round.

"I felt I had a great workout,'' Chambers said. "I was in school for four years, they had an opportunity to see me play probably every game that I (played) in college, and I guess that wasn't enough.''

Chambers said the slight helped fuel his rookie season, when he had 48 receptions for 883 yards and seven touchdowns -- better numbers than any of the nine wideouts selected ahead of him.

"I felt like I had something to prove and I went out there with a little chip on my shoulder,'' Chambers said. "But right now I'm a lot more comfortable and a lot better and I understand a lot of things right now. It doesn't bother me like it did last year.''

This season, Chambers has 23 catches for 290 yards and two TDs.

Ferguson, who didn't catch a single pass last year, was anointed a starter by Packers coach Mike Sherman in the offseason, but he was bypassed by Terry Glenn, Donald Driver and rookie Javon Walker on the depth chart and has nine catches for 123 yards and a touchdown so far.

Ferguson was just one disappointment in a slew of them for Sherman's 2001 draft class that includes first-round bust Jamal Reynolds. Ferguson is mostly relegated to special teams play.

"I think he's playing a very good role for us and doing what we ask him to do,'' Sherman said. "Obviously, an opportunity may be created in the future if someone were to get hurt.''

Chambers doesn't figure it will take him long to get re-acclimated to the Wisconsin weather Monday night with the forecast for clouds and highs in the 20s.

Running back Ricky Williams, who has transformed the Dolphins' offense, isn't worried about the weather, either.

"I've never played in cold weather before, so I don't know'' how to feel about it, Williams said.




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