NEW ORLEANS -- It was a cameo appearance in a night without a lot of star power.
Fiedler, who played in two series, hit Chris Chambers for a 38-yard gain that took the Dolphins to the Saints' 14-yard line. He followed that up with a touchdown toss to Derrius Thompson, putting Miami up 7-0 in a game they went on to win 24-10.
"It's nice to get in a play in the preseason and get something going," Fiedler said. "We always have confidence that we can make those plays."
Starters for both teams made only the briefest of appearances, if they played at all. Miami running back Ricky Williams rushed once for minus-1 yard in his return to New Orleans against the team with which he started his career.
Saints running back Deuce McAllister did not play. New Orleans quarterback Aaron Brooks was in for one series, threw one pass and missed his target. Miami finished 2-2 and the Saints 1-3.
It was a big night for some players, however.
Ki-Jana Carter, the No. 1 pick overall in the 1995 draft by Cincinnati, gained 94 yards in 25 carries as he tried to lock up the backup spot behind McAllister. He also caught three passes for 26 yards.
"There were probably some plays that I could have done better on, but I need to show the coaches that they can trust me when they call my number," Carter said. "I'm just thankful to be out there because it's been a while since I played."
Carter sat out last year after being cut by the Green Bay Packers before the season.
"For a guy that was our of football for a year, I think he stuck it up in there pretty good," Saints coach Jim Haslett said.
With the toe injury to Brian Griese, third-stringer Sage Rosenfels moved into the No. 2 spot at quarterback for the Dolphins.
Rosenfels played for most of the first half Thursday night, completing 10 of 19 for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He put the Dolphins up 14-7 late in the second quarter, capping an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Obafemi Ayanbadejo.
Rosenfels moved Miami ahead 21-7 with 32 seconds left in the second quarter, hitting Donald Lee with a 1-yard touchdown pass.
"He has a good arm and good poise," Fiedler said of Rosenfels. "He does everything you'd ask of a guy who come in in that position."
A 46-yard field goal by Olindo Mare put the Dolphins up 24-7 at halftime.
New Orleans second-string quarterback Todd Bouman completed 7 of 16 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. He tied the score at 7-7 in the second quarter with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Michael Lewis. Bouman was sacked three times.
- Saints FB Terrelle Smith said a slimmer, trimmer Ricky Williams, a close friend and former New Orleans teammate, phoned earlier in the week to ask how he looked. "I said, 'You look a lot skinnier. You look like a peon, man."'
- New Orleans WR Michael Lewis said he had to use just his left hand to catch a 6-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter because the Miami defender was holding his right hand.
- Injuries along the defensive line led the Saints to insert OG Peter Heyer at DT in the closing minutes. Injuries: Miami, LB Justin Seaverns (sprained left ankle). New Orleans, S Michael Hawthorne (sprained left shoulder), S Mel Mitchell (torn left knee cartilage).
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