Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace was held out of practice for over a week with a minor groin injury. Missing yesterday’s workout put his prospects of playing in Friday night’s game in doubt.
While Wallace could certainly miss his second-consecutive preseason game, he returned to practice as a full participant Wednesday afternoon. At least one full practice under his belt makes Wallace’s availability in Jacksonville a possibility.
And his return to camp might have been just what quarterback Ryan Tannehill needed.
After an unimpressive three series against the Cowboys, Tannehill tossed three interceptions during Tuesday’s practice. With Wallace back in the lineup this afternoon, though, Tannehill connected on a 40-yard bomb to the speed demon for a touchdown in 11-on-11 work.
It was a beautiful sight for Dolphins fans, who have been waiting all training camp for Tannehill to hit Wallace on a home-run ball in team drills.
We’ll see if that momentum carries over to Friday night’s game or whether Wallace even dresses for that matter. But it was a step in the right direction for both Tannehill and Wallace, who hope to become one of the NFL’s most productive quarterback-receiver duos despite a somewhat slow start to training camp.
Koa Misi sidelined
It’s not clear if Koa Misi was injured at some point during Wednesday’s practice, but the fourth-year outside linebacker was held out of many drills, including first-team 11-on-11 work. He did tell the media that he expects to play on Friday night, though.
Misi quietly had his best season as a pro in 2012 and the Dolphins need his production at strongside linebacker this season.
Jorvorskie Lane, John Jerry, Julius Pruitt, Rishard Matthews and Jamar Taylor were relegated to rehab work in shorts this afternoon.
Although they’re not practicing, returning to the field is good news for the recovery of Jerry and Matthews. We still don’t know the timetable for either, but returning in time for Week 1 in Cleveland appears to be a possibility.
Defensive tackle Randy Starks and tight end Kyle Miller were both absent from the workout. Starks is rumored to be dealing a right leg injury of some sort, but there’s been no update as to why Miller has gone missing from practice after catching a touchdown pass in the Hall of Fame Game.
Caleb Sturgis has another impressive kicking day
Ever since rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis returned from a groin injury, he’s been kicking extremely well. That continued today as Sturgis was booming kicks through the uprights with plenty of room to spare from around 50 yards out.
Dan Carpenter, the incumbent starter, kicked in the Hall of Fame Game. I expect Sturgis to get those reps on Friday night in Jacksonville. We’ll see if how performs under the lights.
Michael Egnew gaining some momentum?
After a disappointing first couple weeks of camp, tight end Michael Egnew came on strong in Canton, catching four passes for 52 yards. The former third-round pick followed up that performance with three touchdown grabs during Wednesday’s practice.
With tight end Kyle Miller banged up, expect to see a heavy dose of Egnew in Jacksonville. If he can continue to make plays and does an adequate job in the trenches while avoiding the drops and fumbles, he’ll become a difficult player to cut at camp’s conclusion.
Up next: The Dolphins travel to Jacksonville on Friday night to take on the Jaguars at 7:30 p.m.