DAVIE, Fla. – Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake did all he could last week to not miss Monday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. Still, the Dolphins chose to sit their best defensive player due to a sprained knee.
Wake practiced in a limited capacity every day last week. Miami’s coaching and training staff kept a close eye on Wake during pregame warmups as he went through a series of drills about two hours before the game. However, Miami’s didn’t see enough from Wake and erred on the side of caution.
Now comes an interesting dilemma heading into Miami’s Week 5 game against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (2-2). Obviously, Wake is eager to return and is expected to practice again this week. However, the Dolphins must decide if it’s worth playing Wake now or giving him two additional weeks to rest his knee due to an upcoming bye week.
“We’re going to have to go through the week and see how he progresses,” Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said.
Wake has been mum for the past week about his injury. He also refused comment in the locker room Tuesday. But based on his willingness to practice, it’s clear Wake badly wants to return.
Wake is a durable player who rarely misses games. Before this injury, Wake has missed just two games since 2010. He still leads Miami with 2.5 sacks, despite missing the past game and a half.
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