The Miami Dolphins may be treating the preseason with more urgency than usual, just not when it comes to Cameron Wake.
A source tells Adam H. Beasley for the Miami Herald that Wake once again will not be in uniform when Miami takes on the Cowboys on Friday night. The 34-year-old defensive end is on the comeback trail from a ruptured Achilles tendon, and while he has not suffered a setback, the team is reportedly playing it safe.
Wake had racked up at least 8.5 sacks in each of the previous five seasons — including double digits three times — prior to his injury last season. At the time, the four-time Pro Bowler had 7.0 sacks in seven games.
Not having Wake ready for Week 1 would be a huge blow, particularly after offseason defection of Oliver Vernon during free agency. Therefore, it’s tough to question the decision to keep him sidelined during exhibition games.
Wake has been in the league for eight years, and being a pass-rusher, surely knows his way around a quarterback by now. Then again, at his advanced age and coming off such a serious injury, one has to wonder if his best days are behind him.