Cameron Wake sat out Tuesday mornings full-contact practice, the day after he was involved in an entirely different kind of collision.
Wakes black BMW was totaled shortly after noon Monday when a driver heading in the other direction made an illegal left turn at a busy Plantation intersection, police said.
The oncoming driver, Wallace Waldman, sustained minor injuries, while police say Wake was unharmed. The defensive end participated in Monday afternoons walk-through practice, but was held out Tuesday for undisclosed reasons.
Its not usual for someone to be involved in a traffic accident and feel fine, and then the following day, youre sore from the trauma of the crash, said Detective Robert Rettig, a Plantation police spokesman.
In addition to Wake, two other starting members of the defense did not participate in practice: linebackers Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby. Cornerback Sean Smith appeared to tweak something during the morning session, but returned.
In a post-practice news conference coach Joe Philbin would not comment on the status of the absent players but said that he had not given anybody a day off to relax.
I dont think were going to talk about the guys who were not practicing, Philbin said.
Although the injury status of the players is uncertain, a lack of depth among the defense could be a major concern for the team, especially after the first-team defense allowed the Buccaneers to score touchdowns on their first two possessions Friday.
Even though the Panthers had a disappointing 26-13 loss last week to the Texans, when Miami plays at Carolina on Friday, the Dolphins defense should face a tougher test than it did against Tampa Bay.
Whereas the Bucs were 27th in the NFL in points scored last year, the Panthers ranked fifth, averaging almost 400 yards per game..
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Although not as hurt by injuries as the defense, the offense was missing right guard Artis Hicks as well as backup left guard Eric Steinbach. The absences by the guards left backup right guard John Jerry with a lot of responsibility.
Jerry took reps with the first team and the third team, which at times seemed to be too much for him as he struggled to run to the sidelines at one point during practice.
He is taking big steps right now and just has to keep working on getting better each day and working on getting his weight down some more and hell be all right, starting center Mike Pouncey said.
Jerry, who was a third-round pick by the Dolphins in 2010, started 10 games as a rookie but three last season.
Jerry declined to talk to the media after practice.
• Speaking of the offensive line, Pouncey said that the no-huddle offense that the Dolphins are employing is difficult but would prove to be effective.
It is [tiring], but its working for our offense, Pouncey said. Well be wearing teams down. Weve just got to keep working on our urgency.
• Quarterback Matt Moore said he had seen teammate David Garrard this week after the veterans knee surgery. Garrard has been absent from practice since the operation.
[Garrard is] doing good, Moore said. Hes obviously a little bummed out. Hes doing everything he can, rehab-wise. Hes a professional, and Im sure hell handle it the best way.
Wednesday marks the last day of training camp, and as such the last day that practices will be open to the public. Fans can watch the Dolphins starting at 8:40 a.m. on the campus of Nova Southeastern University.
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