It’s not your usual Friday for the Miami Dolphins, where the team has to release its final injury report. Miami will face the New Orleans Saints on “Monday Night Football,” which means it will be an extra day until we learn the playing-time status for the game.
But here is an early preview on the Dolphins' injured players based on my observations during the week:
DE Cameron Wake: This is the big injury everyone wants to know about for Monday’s game. Wake suffered a knee sprain in the win against the Atlanta Falcons. He wasn’t expected to have much of a chance to play this week, but Wake is such a physical freak who stays in terrific shape that he’s practiced everyday in a limited role. Wake is trying to convince the coaching staff that he can contribute in some capacity on Monday. But that decision will be out of his hands. Look for Wake to be questionable and possibly a game-time decision.
DT Paul Soliai: Miami’s starting defensive tackle missed the last game with a knee injury. But Soliai is progressing well and did practice on Thursday for the first time in a limited role. Soliai’s knee injury didn’t require surgery. He just needed rest, and Miami has three days before kickoff. Soliai is probably 50-50 at this point.
CB Dimitri Patterson: The Dolphins’ starting cornerback has missed the past two games with a groin injury, and hasn’t practiced this week. Do not expect to see him in this game. Patterson probably needs a couple more weeks to get healthy, which means Nolan Carroll is expected to start his third straight game.
LB Koa Misi: Miami’s starting linebacker injured his shoulder against Atlanta, but will be ready to play against the Saints. He’s practiced every day this week for Miami, and will play a big role in guarding New Orleans Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham.
LB Dannell Ellerbe: The big free-agent pickup has been bothered by pectoral and rib injuries. To his credit, he’s been gutting it out and making a lot of tackles. Ellerbe isn’t playing at 100 percent, but he will be ready to play.
S Chris Clemons: Miami’s starting safety has had hamstring and quad issues since the Indianapolis Colts game in Week 2. However, Clemons and the Dolphins’ training staff have done a good job of managing it and keeping Clemons ready to play.