Dolphins lose Cameron Wake to torn Achilles
By Brian Miller
The news for Miami Dolphins defensive end Cam Wake was not good. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Wake did indeed tear his Achille’s tendon and will miss the remainder of the year.
The news was expected but the Dolphins had held out hope that the injury was nothing more than a sprain. Miami will now elevate Derrick Shelby to the starting role next to Ndamukong Suh and use Terrence Fede on both sides as a back-up. The Dolphins could also activate LB/DE Chris McCain who has taken reps at the defensive end position allowing them to have a little more depth.
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Wake had improved over the last three games registering seven sacks. He had none in the first four weeks of the season.
The interesting thing about Wake was after he injured his Achilles he finished the play. He came up lame taking on a block while trying to rush Tom Brady. He stiffened up but then drove through the pain and continued to go after Brady. Following the play he lay on the field staring ahead knowing that the injury wasn’t likely good. He took a few moments and then rolled over on his back and eventually was helped off the field.
The Dolphins are trying to turn their season around and the blow of losing Wake will not help that cause. They are facing their toughest portion of the schedule with Buffalo and Philadelphia road games ahead and then the Dallas Cowboys.
The Dolphins are deep at the defensive end position but they may look outside of the team to find more depth now that Wake is lost for the season. Miami improved to .500 before dropping Thursday nights game to the Patriots but are still in position to gain ground in the AFC ahead of the playoffs. They need to get more production on both sides of the ball if they have any hopes of challenging later in the season.