Jason Ferguson has already begun his rehabilitation following surgery to repair a right quadricep injury. He's been doing his rehab every morning at Dolphins camp. And that's pretty important because the veteran nose tackle says he wants to return to the Dolphins next year if that recovery goes well.
"That's what I'd love to do," Ferguson said Friday. "If the recovery is good, I'll be good."
There was uncertainty whether Ferguson would ever play again.
He is 35 years old and had talked about perhaps retiring after this season. He is also unsigned for next season. Ferguson is making $4 million in 2009 in the final year of contract.
But while the contract situation would have to be settled between him and the Dolphins -- with the team needing to decide on making a commitment to Ferguson or not -- the issue of whether Ferguson wants to keep playing is apparently not an issue.
Regardless of Ferguson's desire to return, the Dolphins are likely to address the nose tackle position in other ways this offseason. The team is expected to try to add a younger player to groom for the future.
In other news:
A source tells me C Jake Grove will be listed as doubtful on the injury report that will come out in a couple of hours.
The source also said the Dolphins expect OLB Joey Porter to play against the Jaguars despite the fact he didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Porter did practice Friday and is telling folks he's going to play barring some unforeseen setback. The source did not know how the Dolphins will list Porter, although he's likely to be listed as probable from the sound of things.
[Update: My report on Grove is correct and the Dolphins are listing Grove as doubtful. Jason Taylor (shoulder) and Joey Porter (knee) are probable. Nathan Jones (hamstring) is questionable. For the Jaguars, Mike Sims-Walker (calf), DT John Henderson (shoulder), and Rashean Mathis (groin) are doubtful. That's huge as Sims-Walker is the team's best receiver, Henderson is its best defensive lineman and Mathis the best cover cornerback.]
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