With the Miami Dolphins returning to the practice field on Monday in Davie after nearly a week off from workouts during their bye week, there was hope that a banged up defense would return to full strength for the team’s Week 7 matchup with the Buffalo Bills.
And while that still could happen given that the game doesn’t take place for another six days, the Dolphins’ defense was still nursing some injuries at practice today. Most notably, middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was present but only worked with trainers on the sideline after suffering a shoulder injury during Miami’s loss to the Ravens in Week 5 and defensive tackle Paul Soliai was completely absent from the workout.
I highlight those two players in particular because the Bills boast the league’s third most productive rushing attack, which could give the Dolphins fits if Kevin Coyle’s unit is without two of its key run defenders on Sunday.
But while Ellerbe’s injury is something to monitor throughout the week, there is a chance Soliai missed Monday’s workout for a non-injury related reason being that he practiced during the team’s one and only session of the bye week last Tuesday and didn’t appear to suffer any setbacks versus the Ravens in Week 5.
In other news, tight end Michael Egnew joined Soliai as the only other absentee from the workout. We might not know why Egnew or Soliai sat out until Wednesday when the Dolphins are required to release an official injury report, however.
On an encouraging note, star defensive end Cameron Wake (knee) appeared to be a full-go during the portion of practice opened to the media and should retrieve his starting role in Week 7. Also, former starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin) practiced, but looked to be limited.
Soliai and Egnew are both sick today, which explains their absence from practice.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) October 14, 2013