NEW ORLEANS -- Cameron Wake had never missed an NFL game due to injury, until Monday night.
Wake, who sprained his knee in the Dolphins Week3 win against Atlanta, was told he wouldnt play after his pre-game workout indicated he wasnt physically ready to go.
Wake went through warm-ups in front of Dolphins coaches and doctors about two hours before kickoff. He worked on coming out of his stance and moving laterally.
Then he huddled at the Superdomes 10-yard line with team decision-makers, and learned his fate: He would be inactive for the first time since his rookie season.
It was an answer he apparently didnt like. Wake walked away from the group and demonstratively pulled his hood over his head. Derrick Shelby started at left defensive end in Wakes place.
The news was better for Paul Soliai, who missed last weeks game with a knee injury of his own. Soliai was active and started Monday night, knocking down a Drew Brees pass on the Saints second series.
The Dolphins executive board is quickly turning into San Diego East.
A few weeks after naming former Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel as their new president in charge of business operations, the Dolphins hired Garfinkels top lieutenant, Jeremy Walls as their new chief revenue officer.
Walls replaces Jim Rushton, who was fired last month. He spent the last year as the Padres vice president of ticket sales, service and operations. The Padres ranked 20th league-wide in attendance this year, drawing an average of 26,749 people per game.
Jeremy is an exceptional leader who has produced results everywhere hes been, Garfinkel said. Hes also a person with integrity, humility and a fan-centric mindset who understands how to create a culture of customer service and innovation.
His first game
Rookie corner Jamar Taylor made his NFL debut Monday after missing the first three games of his career because of sports hernia surgery. He was forced into defensive action in the first half when Nolan Carroll went down with an ankle injury.
Will Davis, however, missed his third game in four weeks. He has been dealing with a toe injury.
Other Dolphins inactives: QB Pat Devlin; RB Mike Gillislee; CB Dimitri Patterson; G Danny Watkins and G Dallas Thomas.
This and that
• Marcus Thigpen, usually relegated to special teams, made a huge impact on offense Monday, catching a ball out of the backfield and racing 50 yards in the second quarter.
• Receiver Mike Wallace, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and long snapper John Denney served as the teams captains.