DAVIE–Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake has been productive on the practice field and is close to getting back in uniform for the first time since tearing his Achilles tendon last season.
Wake was in practice today, and it seems likely he will make his preseason debut Thursday against the Falcons in Orlando.
“I asked him this today just to make sure that we have clarification,” Miami coach Adam Gase said. “He’s gonna make sure he goes through warm-ups and he’s gonna get ready to go, and we’re gonna see how he feels before the game.
“It’s gonna come down to really him and myself before the game saying, ‘I’m rolling’ or ‘I’m not.’ I’m gonna put it on him because he knows how he feels, and once he feels right, then we’ll get him out there.”
Wake was noncommittal and didn’t seem to believe it was imperative to get back on the field for a preseason game given the work he’s been doing at the facility.
“I’ve been playing since July 27,” he said. “This is not really a new thing for me. I’ve been down this road a few times. I think there’s more made of it than there really is actually. It’s kind of funny.”
Wake was out for the first two preseason games, but has been planning to be available for the start of the regular season Sept. 11. This would the first chance to test his left foot in live action since going down against the Patriots last October.
When asked if he feels confident in his Achilles after surgery, he said, “I’ll trust it when I need to trust it… I’m not necessarily worried about it, to be honest.”