The Miami Dolphins finally got some encouraging news on the injury front on Tuesday evening. Defensive standouts Cameron Wake and Paul Soliai haven’t been ruled out for Monday night’s game in New Orleans.
Wake reportedly participated in some light on-field work during Tuesday’s practice and wants to play in pass rushing situations against the Saints. The Dolphins have yet to approve Wake for such a role, but original reports that suggested he would be sidelined 2-3 weeks were apparently premature.
Paul Soliai, who missed Sunday’s game after suffering a knee injury in Week 2 versus the Colts, hasn’t been ruled out either. He’s yet to be cleared to practice, but he told reporters there is a 50/50 chance he will play on Monday Night Football. Although, that might be a bit optimistic, his outlook for returning sometime soon isn’t as bleak as it originally appeared.
If Wake is unable to play, expect a heavy dose of Derrick Shelby and Dion Jordan at defensive end. As for Soliai, Randy Starks and Jared Odrick will continue to start at defensive tackle in his likely absence.
Koa Misi fine after shoulder injury
Outside linebacker Koa Misi injured his shoulder on Sunday and wasn’t able to finish the game. That’s been an overlooked injury, as the Dolphins conceded 4.9 yards per rushing attempt to the Falcons and Misi is one of the team’s better run defenders. But Misi is reportedly fine and isn’t expected to miss any practice time this week or Monday night’s game.
Dolphins place Vaughn Martin on IR
After signing defensive tackle Marvin Austin on Tuesday, dropping a player from the 53-man roster was in order. That player is defensive tackle Vaughn Martin, who was placed on IR to make room for Austin. Martin’s injury has not been made known, but he was rumored to be limping off the field against the Falcons.
Dimitri Patterson reaggrivated groin injury
What became rather obvious last week, has now been confirmed. Starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson admitted he suffered a setback last week, and it’s expected that he’ll miss his third consecutive game in Week 4. Nolan Carroll has played well in Patterson’s place on the boundary, but Jimmy Wilson is a big drop off covering the slot.