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NOTEBOOK: Patterson Finally Puts The Pads Back On; Other Notes

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Bye week helped cornerback’s health along with his teammates.



Ever since intercepting two passes for the Miami Dolphins in their season opening win at the Cleveland Browns, cornerback Dimitri Patterson had been forced to be a spectator – until now.

A groin injury unlike anything the seventh-year veteran has experienced sidelined him for Miami’s next four games. Today was the first time in a month Patterson got to put on the pads and participate in a practice with his teammates.

“It feels good to get back in the flow of things and get my muscles back acclimated to football,” said Patterson, who is with his sixth different team. “I’m just happy to put pads on to be honest with you and I’m just working my way back into it.”

This is just the second time in his career that Patterson has missed games due to injury. Back in 2011 he was inactive for two games with the Cleveland Browns because of a knee injury, which was rather simple in his mind compared to what he just went through.

“It’s real frustrating because you want to be out there and it’s one of those injuries where you’ve just got to be smart about it and there’s really nothing you can do about it. You’ve got to just listen to your body and make the best of your situation and I definitely was getting better. You really don’t know until you do football activities and football movements, so I really took advantage of the bye week and we’re just going to take it slow and keep building.”

Fellow cornerback Nolan Carroll started the last four games in place of Patterson and rookie Jamar Taylor also saw some action at New Orleans and at home against Baltimore. Jimmy Wilson got in on some plays at the boundary corner as well and Patterson was impressed with how all of them filled in.

The secondary is a tight group, so Carroll and the others did their best to lift Patterson’s spirits while he was out and encouraged him to keep working hard to get back. So they were just as happy as he was during today’s practice.

“Anytime we can get one of the guys back, especially somebody like him, a veteran guy, it’s always good for us,” Carroll said. “He brings experience and he brings a different demeanor out there so it’s good to have him back.”

Patterson wasn’t the only important defensive player showing positive signs today on the heels of an injury. Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake was able to do a little more in drills with the sore knee that kept him out at New Orleans and for all but one series against the Ravens at Sun Life Stadium.

For Wake, this has been a new experience considering the fact that he hadn’t missed a game due to injury since 2001 in college at Penn State. Like Patterson, he admitted the bye came at a good time for him, but he kept himself busy rather than getting away like some of his teammates because there is nothing he likes talking about less than injuries.

“My main focus since it happened is just getting back on the field,” said Wake, who still leads the team with 2.5 sacks. “The bye week is a bye week for some and for others it’s time to work and to me the biggest part is on Sunday, so I’ll save all that other stuff for another day. I was here doing whatever I could to make sure on Sunday I’ll be ready.”

MUSIC MONDAY

It was back to normal for the team this morning, with the first portion of practice taking place inside the bubble before moving outside. So it was easier to hear the songs that were selected during the stretching period, with Kanye West’s, “A Good Life” leading things off. That was followed by “Hustlin’,” from South Florida’s own Rick Ross and Future closed things out with “Itchin’.”

THE LAST WORD

“I feel re-energized and refocused. It was good to get away. Bye weeks are always an interesting thing. You’ve got to evaluate everything that’s going on and obviously going in with two losses we had a lot to evaluate. So it was good to get the mind right, get the body right, reload and get back at it.” – Pro Bowl left guard Richie Incognito on coming back to work after the bye
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