Booker upgraded

The Dolphins could be getting a couple of players back from injury this week. That certainly would seem to be the case with wide receiver Marty Booker, who was upgraded from questionable to probable on Thursday.

Booker, who sat out Sunday's game against Buffalo because of a calf injury, has been practicing this week.

The same goes for linebacker Zach Thomas, who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at San Diego.

Thomas and defensive end Jason Taylor have been working with a harness around their injured shoulder, but Thomas said it was his injured ankle, if anything, that would keep him from playing Sunday.

Wide receiver Bryan Gilmore, on the flip side, sat out practice for the second consecutive day. He is listed as questionable because of a shoulder injury he sustained early in the Buffalo game.

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You can forget about a reunion with quarterback Jay Fiedler when the Dolphins play the Jets a week from Sunday.

The expectation had been that Fiedler would try to make his return from a shoulder injury in that game, but he has undergone surgery and will sit out the rest of the season.

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Wide receiver/kick returner Wes Welker will be facing the team that cut him last year before he joined the Dolphins, but he says there's no extra motivation going up against the Chargers.

"Not really. I'm treating it like every other game," Welker said. "I'm going to give the same effort, same intensity, the same everything I do every single week and just treat it like another game."

Welker said the Chargers wanted to re-sign him to their practice squad after cutting him after one regular season game, but he had other options.

One of those was joining the Dolphins practice squad, which he never did because they instead signed him to their active roster.

The Chargers wound up releasing Welker because they needed to add depth in the secondary, but wound up drafting a kick returner (Darren Sproles) in this year's draft.

As for Welker, he said he never worried about getting another job, although there were a couple of uneasy days.

"I didn't know what was going to happen," he said. "For me, I don't know, it was nice in a way because I was able to rest my legs a little bit, but then again I wanted to be with a team and I felt like I deserved to make the team down there in San Diego. But that's just kind of how it works out sometimes and, really, it's worked out the best for me and I've gotten a much better opportunity here in Miami."


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