Friday notes

The Dolphins continued their preparations for this weekend's game against Pittsburgh with the idea the game still would be played Sunday as scheduled. The Dolphins, Steelers and the NFL all are monitoring Hurricane Jeanne, and a postponement could be forthcoming if it appears the storm will hit South Florida on Sunday morning.

"At this late point, the only alternative, I'm sure, would be to move it back later on," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "Again, no one has said a word. We're just going to monitor this thing closely and then we'll adjust as we always do from there."

The move likely scenario, should the game be moved, probably would be Monday night. Remember that the Dolphins play an unscheduled Monday night game against the Chicago Bears in 1997 when Pro Player Stadium was occupied on the Sunday because Game 7 of the World Series was being hosted by the Florida Marlins.

In other news:

-- Fullback Rob Konrad and defensive tackle Tim Bowens both were downgraded and declared out of the Pittsburgh game. Also don't look for rookie Tony Bua to play considering he hasn't practice in team drills all week.

-- According to several reports, an arbitrator has ruled in the Dolphins' favor in their grievance against Ricky Williams, meaning Williams will be forced to pay back $8.6 million in bonuses and incentives. Williams has said in the past he would declare bankruptcy to avoid having to repay the Dolphins.

-- Wannstedt said that newcomer Wes Welker would be active this weekend and would return punts and kickoffs.

-- Fullback Jamar Martin also could see his first action with the Dolphins, although that won't be determined until game day.


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