All-Pro pass rusher Cameron Wake said his injured knee feels “better,” but he made no promises that he will be back in the lineup Sunday against the Ravens.
Wake had tried to convince his coaching and medical staff that he could play in the hours leading up to the Saints game, but in the end, they decided to hold him out.
“If I had one leg, I’d try to go out there and run around,” Wake said. “We’ve got to make a decision that’s best for me, best for the team. They decided to sit me down.”
It wasn’t just the first game Wake has lost to injury in his NFL career, but the first time a medical issue has kept him out of any game since 2001 — his second year at Penn State.
As it was all last week, Wake’s participation in practice was limited Wednesday.
The Dolphins on Wednesday brought back linebacker Austin Spitler, a special teams contributor who played his first three seasons with the team.
A possible reason: reserve linebacker Jason Trusnik sat out practice after injuring his ribs during the team’s 38-17 loss to the Saints.
Spitler was in training camp with Miami this year but was released just before the start of the season. He fills one of the two roster spots vacated by Kelcie McCray and Tyler Clutts, who were both cut Tuesday.
After his release, Spitler had talked to several teams and had a visit with the Patriots but was apparently never offered a contract.
“It was tough being away, but it’s good to be back,” Spitler said. “I feel at home, I know the defense.”
Along with Trusnik, defensive backs Don Jones (elbow) and Dimitri Patterson (groin) were both held out of practice Wednesday.
Patterson hasn’t played since sustaining the injury in the season opener, but it is not believed to be a long-term issue.
The Dolphins might decide to sit Patterson Sunday and allow him to get healthy over the bye week.
Dolphins with limited participation Wednesday: Wake; CB Nolan Carroll (ankle); S Chris Clemons (glute); LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee); WR Brandon Gibson (ankle); and LB Koa Misi (shoulder).
Linebacker Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) and defensive tackle Paul Soliai (knee) participated fully.
This and that
• GuardRichie Incognito
, commenting on the team being on pace to allow 72 sacks this year: “If we give up 72 sacks, everybody should be fired, the whole offensive line.”
• CenterMike Pouncey
handed out sets of Soul headphones to players throughout the locker room.