Thursday notes

Bad weather continues to wreak havoc with the Dolphins' schedule, and now it's Hurricane Jeanne that could become a problem. In fact, plans already have been set in motion to explore contingency plans in case the hurricane forces postponement of Sunday's game.

Hurricane Jeanne is expected to make landfall in Florida sometime on Sunday, and the possibility has been discussed of moving the game back one day and making it a Monday night game.

The NFL already has asked the Steelers to move up their arrival to South Florida, with Pittsburgh now expected to get here Friday night.

There has been no talk of moving the game up to Saturday, as the Dolphins did for their opener against Tennessee.

In other news:

-- DE David Bowens, who was on the Dolphins' injury report Wednesday after sitting out practice because he was ill, was taken off the injury list.

-- New punt returner Wes Welker had agreed to join the Dolphins practice squad before the Sunday night game at Cincinnati, but he was signed to the active roster after Lamont Brightful had three fumbles in that game and was subsequently released.

-- The Dolphins could have two new starters at defensive tackle Sunday if Tim Bowens' bothersome back doesn't respond in time. Bowens has missed the first two games of the season, and it's not looking good he'll play Sunday.

So instead of projected starters Bowens and Larry Chester, who is on IR and out for the season, the two starters Sunday probably will be Jeff Zgonina and recent acquisition Bryan Robinson.

"I'm so glad we got Bryan here," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "We would be scrambling without him. He's been a great addition to our team."

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