Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Dolphins notes: Soliai, Patterson updates
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins (3-0) returned to the training facility Tuesday in preparation for their huge matchup against the New Orleans Saints (3-0) on "Monday Night Football."
Here are several notes from inside Miami's locker room:
- Injured defensive tackle Paul Soliai (knee) and cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin) addressed the media. Both are healing, but neither sounded overly optimistic about his chances of returning for Monday’s game. Soliai estimated his knee felt about “50 percent” as of Tuesday. Barring a major turnaround, there’s a good chance Miami will be without both starters against the Saints. “I’m just happy I’m getting better,” Soliai said. “I’m walking around a lot better. I've just got to get this treatment and see where I go from there.”
- There was no sign in the locker room Tuesday of injured defensive end Cameron Wake, who is working his way back from a sprained knee. Reports had Wake missing two to three weeks, but he's likely to do everything in his power to get back on the field for Monday's big game. His progress will be closely monitored during the week.
- The Dolphins signed defensive tackle Marvin Austin and put Vaughn Martin on injured reserve. Austin is getting another chance after being a draft bust for the New York Giants, who took him in the second round in 2011. “Just to be able to get on the field and be out there is an opportunity,” Austin said. “Whatever happens in practice and whatever the coaches want me to do, I’m ready to do it.” The team did not specify what Martin's injury was.
- Tackling against the Saints is a major issue. The Dolphins uncharacteristically allowed 4.9 yards per rush against the Atlanta Falcons and still won in Week 3. Miami will focus on fundamentals in practice this week. “It’s really all about body position,” Dolphins defensive tackle Jared Odrick said. “We just have to put ourselves in better position to make plays, and that’s what we’ll do this week.”