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Plenty of tickets available in Miami

It has been 17 years since a playoff game in Miami was blacked out. That streak may be about to end.

The league Thursday granted the Dolphins a 24-hour extension of the deadline for selling all the tickets for their game Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts.

As of Thursday afternoon, almost 12,000 tickets remained unsold, the Dolphins said. The game will be blacked out on local television unless all tickets are sold by today.

The last Miami home playoff game to be blacked out was Dec. 31, 1983, against Seattle.

"For two years we've sold out every game for television," Dolphins president Eddie Jones said. "Then we win the AFC East championship, and we haven't sold this one out. That's troubling."

Meanwhile, Miami receiver Leslie Shepherd was declared inactive for the game. He is bothered by a sore right knee that sidelined him the past three games.

"Shep is close," coach Dave Wannstedt said. "But I think it'd be unfair to the team and him to use him."

Oronde Gadsden and Tony Martin will start at receiver.

RAVENS: A day after defensive end Rob Burnett questioned the legality of the Broncos' blocking tactics, coach Brian Billick said there is nothing wrong with the way Denver's offensive line plays.

"Everything the Broncos are doing obviously is legal," Billick said. "As long as it stays in the framework of what is a legal block, it's legal. The defense is going to have to deal with it."

Meanwhile, backup quarterback Tony Banks (shoulder) should be okay to play, Billick said. The coach said that if starter Trent Dilfer falters badly, he will play Banks.

TITANS: The team held a light practice without quarterback Steve McNair and left guard Bruce Matthews.

McNair is resting the left ankle he severely sprained in a Dec. 3 game against Philadelphia. Matthews has a case of turf toe on his right foot. Both players wore protective boots.

Coach Jeff Fisher said NcNair won't practice today or Saturday. The Titans have a bye week as the AFC's top seed.

_ TIMES WIRES

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