The Pro Bowl defensive tackle made significant enough progress all week after missing last Sunday’s home opener against Atlanta with a knee injury to convince the trainers and doctors he was healthy enough to play. Soliai is one of the chief run stoppers up front for Miami.
Prior to tonight, Wake had played in 65 consecutive games going back to his first season in Miami in 2009, when he was inactive for the first two games and never missed another one. His streak of 22 consecutive starts, the second longest of his career, also comes to an end. Wake started 26 games in a row from the season finale in 2009 against the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Week 10 matchup against the Buffalo Bills back in 2011.
Wake is among seven players inactive for the Dolphins tonight along with third-string quarterback
FOND MEMORIES FOR DAN CAMPBELL
Miami’s tight ends coach, Dan Campbell, spent his final NFL season in New Orleans and was on the sideline when the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV in Sun Life Stadium. He had been placed on Injured Reserve early in training camp with a knee injury, but he and Saints quarterback Drew Brees became good friends, so tonight will be special for him.
“Dan was awesome. I saw him before the preseason game when we played you guys down there, it was good to see him,” Brees said. “He thinned out a little bit as most guys do. Most guys play at about 20 to 30 pounds more than their normal everyday body weight so the minute that they stop playing I think they drop big time. Dan’s a good old Texas boy. I’m from Texas so we’ve got a lot in common there and it was great spending some time with him when he was here, great guy. I’m sure he’s a great football coach as well.”
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