DAVIE, Fla., Aug. 1 -- The Miami Dolphins announced Wednesday that wide receiver Dedric Ward is expected to miss four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot.
The injury will force Ward to undergo surgery and puts in doubt his availability for the start of the season.
"It's unfortunate, but it's part of the game," Ward said. "It was a gradual thing and all I can do now is work as hard as I can after the surgery to get back on the field as soon as possible."
Miami opens the season on Sept. 9 at Tennessee.
Ward, 26, signed a two-year contract with the Dolphins in the offseason after spending his first four years with the AFC East-rival New York Jets. He was listed as a backup to Oronde Gadsden on the depth chart but is expected to see significant playing time this season.
Last year, Ward caught 54 passes for 801 yards.