PREGAME NOTES: Soliai To Suit Up, Wake Inactive; Other Notes

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Pro Bowl defensive tackle fights through pain to take the field.

Cameron Wake and Paul Soliai are two of the most integral parts of the defensive line for the Miami Dolphins –but only Soliai will be in action tonight against the New Orleans Saints.

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.

Jared Odrick will start at defensive end for Wake.

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 Pat Devlin, rookie running back Michael Gillislee, cornerback Dimitri Patterson, rookie cornerback Will Davis, guard Danny Watkins and rookie guard Dallas Thomas. Nolan Carroll will start in place of Patterson at cornerback for the third week in a row.


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.”


Long snapper John Denney, middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and wide receiver Mike Wallace will serve as team captains for the Dolphins tonight and handle the coin toss at midfield. Ellerbe and Wallace were free agent additions in the offseason and Wallace was born and raised in New Orleans so this is a homecoming for him. … This is the Dolphins’ 79th appearance on Monday Night Football, the most all-time since the serried began back in 1970 and they are 40-38 overall in those games. … Also, this is the first rime since October 5th, 1998, that two teams will meet on Monday Night Football with record of 3-0 or better. That year the 4-0 Minnesota Vikings beat the 4-0 Green Bay Packers, 37-24, at Lambeau Field. … Miami is looking to become the fifth franchise since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 to have at least seven 4-0 starts, joining the Rams (nine), Vikings (eight), Colts (seven) and Cowboys (seven). … The Dolphins have sacked or pressured the opposing quarterback a league-best 35 percent of the time on drop-backs so far this season.
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