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Miami Dolphins’ Cameron Wake misses first game because of injury



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 wouldn’t play after his pre-game workout indicated he wasn’t 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 Superdome’s 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 didn’t like. Wake walked away from the group and demonstratively pulled his hood over his head. Derrick Shelby started at left defensive end in Wake’s place.

The news was better for Paul Soliai, who missed last week’s 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.

New additions

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 Garfinkel’s 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 he’s been,” Garfinkel said. “He’s 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 team’s captains.

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