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Dolphins’ Cameron Wake goes through drills, hopes to play Monday

 

abeasley@MiamiHerald.com

Those reports that Cameron Wake will miss several weeks with a knee injury appear premature.

Wake went through individual drills during Wednesday’s practice and is hopeful to play Monday night against the Saints.

But Wake, who wore sweatpants over top of a knee brace, did not participate in team drills that were open to the media. The Dolphins will release their first injury report of the week on Thursday.

Wake was not made available to reporters in the locker room after practice.

“All great competitors want to play,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “We certainly would not put out a player that we had thought wasn’t ready to play the game and protect himself, so we’ll see how practice goes.”

Just seeing Wake on the sidelines is a bit shocking. He hasn’t missed a game since early in 2009, his rookie season.

The news wasn’t as encouraging for defensive tackle Paul Soliai and cornerback Dimitri Patterson, however. Neither practiced despite warming up with the team.

Soliai was wearing an unwieldy brace on his injured knee.

Martin mystery

The mystery surrounding the decision to place Vaughn Martin on injured reserve will apparently remain that way.

Philbin declined to say what exactly happened to the defensive tackle, who was put on the season-ending list Tuesday despite not leaving Sunday’s game with an injury.

“Any roster move that we’ve made is done in the best interest of the football team,” Philbin said.

“I can tell you in regard to the injury that we are in full compliance with NFL league rules in regard to that. Beyond that, I’m not looking to get into the specifics of it.”

Sharing blame

Ryan Tannehill has been sacked more times (14) than any quarterback in the NFL but again didn’t place all the blame on his offensive line. Tannehill told reporters Wednesday that he needs to do a better job of getting the ball out of his hands.

“The one early in the game, the first drive, I definitely held the ball too long,” Tannehill said. “It wasn’t playing out downfield the way we thought it was going to, and I didn’t get rid of the ball in a situation I should have, so that one was definitely on me.”

Tannehill also said some of the sacks have been because of good coverage on Dolphins receivers.

This and that

Through three weeks, Tannehill is the league’s most efficient quarterback in the red zone, with a rating of 144.4 while inside the 20.

“If you kick a lot of field goals, you’re giving up four points [at] a time, is the way we look at it,” Tannehill said. “We put a lot of emphasis on getting in the end zone.”

• When asked specifically what needs to improve on the defensive side of the ball, Philbin listed tackling and run defense.

• Philbin on Monday will return to the stadium where his coaching career began. He was a graduate assistant at Tulane in 1984 and 1985, with home games at the Superdome.

“I think we had an average of about 15,000 fans a game there,” Philbin said. “But it could be very loud.”

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