Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake left Sunday’s win over the Falcons with a knee injury.
According to multiple reports, though, Wake’s injury is not season threatening. To be specific, Wake suffered a minor MCL sprain, which could sideline him for as many as three weeks.
The Dolphins have their bye in three weeks, so at most, it looks like Wake could miss two games. But those two games are setting up to be very important ones for the Dolphins, who will face the undefeated Saints in a week and the reigning Super Bowl champion Ravens in two.
There’s no denying how much Kevin Coyle’s defense could use one of the league’s top pass rushers in said matchups.
The Dolphins haven’t ruled out Wake playing next Monday night in New Orleans and will reportedly wait to make that decision later this week, but it would be somewhat surprising if he was able to play.
If he’s indeed ruled out, Miami will be forced to rely on edge rushers like Derrick Shelby, Olivier Vernon and Dion Jordan to pick up the slack. All three have potential, especially Jordan, but none of them, individually or collectively, are likely to duplicate the impact Wake has on games.