The Sun Sentinel’s Omar Kelly reported that Cameron Wake would be sidelined at least two weeks after the Pro Bowl defensive end suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s win over the Falcons. That report lost all credibility today, as Wake was seen practicing with his teammates only three days after the injury.
Wake’s status for Monday night’s game in New Orleans is still in question, as he was held out of team drills this afternoon, but it appears he could play on passing downs against Drew Brees and the Saints. And that is encouraging news for the Dolphins’ prospects of pulling off an upset on the road.
The Saints own the league’s fourth ranked passing attack and Brees is simply too good to slow down without consistent pressure. But even if Wake plays, his role likely won’t be as extensive as at has been, so Derrick Shelby and Dion Jordan will be counted on to get after Brees.
In other injury news, defensive tackle Paul Soliai did not practice today after telling members of the media he was 50/50 for Monday’s game on Tuesday evening. I would be surprised if Soliai plays, which shouldn’t be a huge loss against the pass-happy Saints. Then again, his absence wasn’t expected to be felt versus Atlanta, either, but Miami’s defense conceded nearly 150 yards on the ground in Week 3.
Outside linebacker Koa Misi, who left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, practiced for the Dolphins on Wednesday. It’s looking like his status for Monday’s game will be probable.
At cornerback, Dimitri Patterson sat out another practice as expected. Patterson, who is nursing a groin injury, suffered a setback last week and is likely to miss his third consecutive game in New Orleans.
Without him, Nolan Carroll will undoubtedly start on the boundary opposite Brent Grimes and Jimmy Wilson will cover the slot once again. Monday’s game should be the biggest test of the season for both corners.
Rookie cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis both practiced today and reportedly were not limited. Both should be active in Week 4.