Bowens done

Defensive tackle Tim Bowens' difficult 2004 season officially ended on Wednesday when the Dolphins placed him on injured reserve because of his bothersome back. To take his place on the active roster, the Dolphins signed defensive tackle Mario Monds off the New York Giants practice squad.

Monds, who grew up in Fort Pierce, Fla., was a sixth-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2001 but has appeared in only three NFL games since.

He has spent time with Cincinnati and the New York Giants, with whom he had signed in the offseason before being waived and re-signed to the practice squad.

Monds, 6-3, 342, will join a defensive tackle rotation that includes starters Bryan Robinson and Jeff Zgonina and backup Dario Romero.

As for Bowens, he joined 2003 starting partner Larry Chester on IR. Bowens' back has been a problem since the start of the season, and he missed the first five games on the inactive list.

Bowens came back against Buffalo but left last Sunday's game against St. Louis in the first half and never returned.

Given Bowens' age (31) and the amount of pounding he has taken in his career, it's fair to wonder whether Bowens has played his last down with the Dolphins.

In other news:

-- The Dolphins made a practice squad transaction, signed guard Jamil Soriano and releasing guard Tim Stuber. Soriano entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2003 and has spent time on the practice squads of New England (2003) and Pittsburgh (2004).

-- Defensive end Jason Taylor will be in Akron on Friday to be inducted into the University of Akron's Ring of Honor. Taylor, an All-MAC player at Akron, will become the third member of the Akron Ring of Honor following former coach Jim Dennison and former player Chris Angeloff. Akron's game against Marshall on Friday will be televised by ESPN2 starting at 7 p.m. and Taylor will be honored at halftime.

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