Friday notes

Tim Bowens has been cleared by doctors to play and his agent says the big defensive tackle "definitely" will be playing next season.

There has been some discussion when Bowens was placed on injured reserve because of a back injury that the move might signal the end of Bowens' career.

After all, Bowens has been in the league 11 seasons and has taken a lot of punishment as a premier run-stuffing defensive tackle.

Bowens is under contract with the Dolphins for the next three seasons, but it's entirely possible he will be asked to restructure his contract, which calls for him to get $2 million in base salary in 2005.

But what this season has shown is that the Dolphins need both Tim Bowens and Larry Chester in the middle of their defensive line.

In other news:

-- Ricky Williams gave an interview to CBS' Mike Wallace that will appear on "60 Minutes" Sunday night. Among Williams' comments was this gem about the Dolphins' struggles this season: "That's their problem," Williams said. "That's not my problem anymore. I played as hard as I could whenever I put that uniform on, but I'm not doing that anymore." Williams also said he quit mainly because he was afraid of publicly dealing with a third positive drug test.

-- Nothing new on the Dolphins' injury situation, as it pertains to linebackers Zach Thomas and Eddie Moore. They both again sat out practice on Friday. Linebacker Tony Bua (quad) and defensive end David Bowens (back) also sat out practice on Friday.

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