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    DAVIE, Fla. -- Last October, Miami Dolphins starting defensive end Cameron Wake lay on the field at Gillette Stadium in disappointment after he tore his left Achilles. Wake knew his season was over and a lengthy rehab was ahead.

    But approximately six months later, Wake was back on the field Wednesday for team drills and rushing the passer. It was a sign of remarkable progress for Wake, who appears on track for the start of the regular season.

    Wake was not available for comment Wednesday, but his presence in practice certainly caught the attention of teammates.

    "Cam Wake, you know, he's not really a normal human," Dolphins offensive lineman Billy Turner said. "For those who have seem Cam play football, the last couple of years playing with him and being able to practice with him, he's the same guy on and off the field." Getting Cameron Wake back should be a boon for the Dolphins' pass rush. AP Images/Lynne Sladky
    Wake has tremendous work ethic and that has carried into his rehabilitation.

    Dolphins coach Adam Gase said a big challenge for the medical staff is to make sure Wake isn't pushing too fast and too hard to get back on the field. The Dolphins are still more than three months away from their Sept. 11 season opener on the road against the Seattle Seahawks.

    "He's been doing a good job as far as really pushing himself in individual [drills], when he gets in the training room and the weight room to see how far or where he's at at the moment," Gase said. "Today is just another good day for him, another stepping-stone for him."

    The Dolphins struggled with rushing the passer last season. Despite missing nine games, Wake finished second on the team with seven sacks. Former Dolphin Olivier Vernon led Miami with 7.5 sacks and signed an $82 million contract with the New York Giants in free agency.

    This year, Wake joins a deep group of veteran defensive ends that also includes additions Mario Williams, Andre Branch and Jason Jones. The team also could have former 2013 No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan later this season to add depth if his application for NFL reinstatement is successful.

    Wake also is one of Miami's biggest leaders and a strong voice in the locker room. The Dolphins, coming off a six-win season, will need all that Wake brings to the table.
    While it takes two to have an argument, it only takes one to walk away.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Dolfan1 View Post
    The team also could have former 2013 No. 3 overall pick later this season to add depth if his application for NFL reinstatement is successful.
    "Later this season"?
    He was suspended for a season, last April for a "diluted sample"...
    Shouldn't he be eligible NOW?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Wulf View Post

      "Later this season"?
      He was suspended for a season, last April for a "diluted sample"...
      Shouldn't he be eligible NOW?
      He applied for reinstatement yesterday and that can take anywhere from 30-45 days for the NFL to approve or disapprove.

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      • #4
        I'm glad to see EARTHWAKE back out there. He's got a lot of rust to knock off but I just hope he's not pushing himself to hard.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by VAIDER5120 View Post
          I'm glad to see EARTHWAKE back out there. He's got a lot of rust to knock off but I just hope he's not pushing himself to hard.
          True Dat! It remains to be seen if he'll regain the explosion that his game is built around (I can only imagine how difficult an injury an achilles is to come back from, especially at his age & where he needs his body to be) The guy's a tremendous athlete with an amazing work ethic, definitely hoping for the best!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Wulf View Post

            "Later this season"?
            He was suspended for a season, last April for a "diluted sample"...
            Shouldn't he be eligible NOW?
            Yes, I think this was a misquote by the writer. He should have applied for reinstatement yesterday.
            While it takes two to have an argument, it only takes one to walk away.

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            • #7
              Olivier Vernon, 17 million. Cam Wake, 17 sacks.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kelbail2.2 View Post
                Olivier Vernon, 17 million. Cam Wake, 17 sacks.
                Cam Wake and Mario Williams will each have more sacks than OV.

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                • #9
                  I think Wake is a situational pass rusher only at this point. I can see him getting 7-9 sacks on the season. If he can stay healthy, it may get more, but it'll depend on what Mario, Branch, and the others are doing to take focus off him in those situations.

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