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Miami Dolphins: Paul Soliai Practices for First Time Since Knee Injury

Paul Soliai returned to practice today for the Dolphins, 11 days after suffering a knee injury.

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai practiced for the first time since suffering a knee injury in Week 2 on Thursday afternoon. Many felt Soliai would likely be held out until after the team’s bye week, but returning to practice today suggests he could play against the Saints on Monday night or versus the Ravens in Week 5.

Soliai was probably limited for today’s practice, but the Dolphins did not conduct any team drills during the portion of practice that was open to the media, so that is not known for sure.

Regardless, returning to the practice field in any capacity is encouraging news for Miami’s run defense, which surrendered nearly 150 yards on the ground to a less-than-stellar Falcons rushing attack this past Sunday.

I still doubt he’ll play on Monday night, but I could definitely see him returning for a key conference game against the reigning Super Bowl champion Ravens the following week.

Cameron Wake (knee) practiced again today, but like Soliai, it’s not certain if he was limited or a full partcipant. As for Dimitri Patterson (groin), the starting cornerback continues to sit out workouts after suffering a setback late last week.

Update: Soliai and Wake were both indeed limited today. Soliai, however, participated in some team drills, according to the Palm Beach Post. Others who were limited: Dannell Ellerbe, Chris Clemons, Koa Misi and Jonathan Freeny — all of whom I wold highly expect to play on Monday night.

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