The Miami Dolphins are feeling good after starting their season 3-0. Unfortunately, they received some bad news earlier today. Cameron Wake, who left Sunday’s game early with a knee injury, has a ‘mild’ MCL sprain. The knee injury is expected to sideline him for 2-3 weeks. The good news is that there was no structural damage done to his MCL. If there was, it’s likely he would have been lost for the entire season.
Wake’s absence for the next 2-3 weeks means that the Dolphins will rely on Derrick Shelby, Olivier Vernon, and rookie Dion Jordan to create a pass rush for the near future. The Dolphins head to New Orleans this week to play Drew Brees and the Saints, then back home for a meeting with Joe Flacco and the Ravens. The Dolphins have to hope that their young defensive ends can get up to speed quickly. We saw on Sunday what happens when the defensive line can’t create pressure. Matt Ryan of the Falcons had all day to throw the football. That’s not a recipe for success when facing 2 Super Bowl Winning quarterbacks.
Jordan, according to ProFootballFocus.com, was the highest rated player for the Dolphins defense on Sunday. He only played 31 snaps, but he did so efficiently. I expect Jordan’s role to increase quite a bit, with Wake on the sidelines. The Dolphins have been bringing him along slowly, but it might be time to let him out of his shell. The Dolphins MUST get pressure on these quarterbacks or their injury depleted secondary will be picked apart.
The Dolphins are saying that Wake could miss 2-3 weeks. If you look at their schedule, the Dolphins have the Saints and Ravens, then their bye, then the Bills on October 20th. My guess is that the Dolphins will play it safe with Wake and hold him out until that game. That gives him 4 weeks to fully recover from his MCL sprain.
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