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JOHNSON BRISTLES AT CRITICISM

The Miami Dolphins' injury report was encouraging Saturday, which did little to improve Jimmy Johnson's mood.

Doctors said defensive ends Jason Taylor and Lorenzo Bromell might miss just one game because of knee injuries suffered in the preseason finale.

Johnson, who was somber Friday night following the 21-7 victory over the Green Bay Packers, was relieved by the favorable prognosis for each player. But he was angry about criticism he received in print and on the radio for keeping Taylor in the game in the fourth quarter, when his injury occurred.

"One of the irritating things about my job is dealing with know-it-all writers who are paid to second-guess," Johnson said. "We have a young team that needs to get better. The way you get better is you practice and you play. If you don't practice and play, you don't get better and you're not prepared."

Taylor, a second-year pro and Miami's best pass rusher, had no complaints about being on the field late in the final preseason game.

"That's second-guessing," he said. "They told me to go in, and I went in. That's my job."

Taylor suffered a partially torn tendon behind his left knee. Bromell, a promising rookie, sprained a ligament in his left knee.

Miami now has just three healthy defensive ends -- Trace Armstrong, Dan Stubbs and rookie Kenny Mixon.

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