Miami Dolphins’ Earl Mitchell: One of my goals was to help Cam Wake reach playoffs

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90), celebrates after sacking San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17), during third-quarter action Nov. 02, 2014, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90), celebrates after sacking San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17), during third-quarter action Nov. 02, 2014, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)Beach Post)

Sunday will make the fifth playoff game in Earl Mitchell’s career.

But one thing he’s especially glad about is this finally will be Cameron Wake’s chance to experience the postseason.

Mitchell, a defensive tackle, played in two playoff games each in the 2011 and 2012 seasons while with the Houston Texans. When he joined the Dolphins for the 2014 season, he knew Wake, a defensive end, had never made it to a playoff game.

“It came to mind when I first signed, just knowing that he hasn’t been in the playoffs and I was going to do everything that I could do with my ability to help him get there,” Mitchell said Thursday. “Everybody deserves that chance. I’m glad he’s finally getting it.

“He’s one of those guys that has that X factor about him. He’s made so many game-changing plays that it’s unfortunate (he’d been shut out until now). But at the same time things happen for a reason and he’s got his opportunity now, so he can embrace it while he can.”

Wake has maintained an even-keeled approach to this week. His philosophy is he cannot crank up his intensity for Sunday’s wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers because he plays at full speed all the time anyway.

“It’s good that he has that mindset because it’s like when you take a trip or something,” Mitchell said. “You don’t want to spend all your time taking a picture the entire time. You want to embrace the moment.”

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Miami Dolphins roster roundup: Who’s in, who’s out?

The Dolphins brought in Donald Butler on Tuesday. (Getty Images)
The Dolphins brought in Donald Butler on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

It’s been a busy couple of days for the Dolphins since dropping their season opener in Seattle. After some minor roster reshuffling, here’s a look and who came in and who’s gone:
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Miami Dolphins injury report: DE Mario Williams in concussion protocol, no timetable for return

Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell #90 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates his sack of quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers (below) during a game at Sun Life Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell #90 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates his sack of quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers (below) during a game at Sun Life Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

DAVIE — The Dolphins’ defensive line turned in a strong performance against the Seahawks on Sunday, but the group is hurting.

Defensive end Mario Williams is in the concussion protocol, and defensive tackles Earl Mitchell (calf) and Jordan Phillips (ankle) are banged up. Continue reading “Miami Dolphins injury report: DE Mario Williams in concussion protocol, no timetable for return”

Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell planning to be ready for regular season opener

 

 

Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell is starting to ease himself back into practice after long layoff because of a calf injury.
Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell is starting to ease himself back into practice after a long layoff because of a calf injury.

DAVIE – Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell has missed nearly a month of preseason camp with an injured calf but he expects to be on the field when the Dolphins open the season Sept. 11 at Seattle.

Mitchell was asked on today if he’d be “shocked” if he weren’t ready for the regular season.

“Yeah,” he said.

Mitchell, 28, has not played in the preseason and it is unknown if he could take a few snaps in Thursday’s preseason finale against Tennessee.

“I’m feeling good,” Mitchell said. “I just started pretty much getting an opportunity to go out there and practice and be back out there with the guys. I’m excited about that.”

When asked why he has not been able to get back on the field, Mitchell said, “It’s just complications. It’s kind of hard to pinpoint. It’s one of those things.”

One of those things that has frustrated him for nearly a month.

“It’s been really tough for me,” he said. “I’m not really used to missing time like this and it’s not my style to sit out and watch my teammates practice. But I’m just trying to get better and just be ready for the season.”

Mitchell missed four games last season because of calf and back injuries.

Mitchell is listed as the first team defensive tackle along with Ndamukong Suh. Jordan Phillips is expected to start if Mitchell is unable to play.

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Seven players to watch in Miami Dolphins’ preseason game tonight

It's time for Cameron Wake to show everyone how healthy he really is. (Getty Images)
It’s time for Cameron Wake to show everyone how healthy he really is. (Getty Images)

ORLANDO—This is the Dolphins’ most important preseason game yet, and it’s time for them to answer some questions when they hit the field in Orlando tonight against the Falcons.

Here are seven players to watch:
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Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell on track to play season opener

Earl Mitchell isn't playing Thursday, but it won't be long before he returns. (Getty Images)
Earl Mitchell isn’t playing Thursday, but it won’t be long before he returns. (Getty Images)

ORLANDO—The Dolphins have been without possible starting defensive tackle Earl Mitchell the past two weeks, but coach Adam Gase isn’t concerned about his availability once the season begins. Mitchell will miss Thursday’s game against the Falcons because of a lingering calf injury, but could be back to full-go within a week.
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Dolphins DE Cameron Wake gets rest day in advance of preseason game vs. Cowboys

Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi (55) does drills, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, during practice at NFL football training camp in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi (55) does drills, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, during practice at NFL football training camp in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

DAVIE — Wednesday was a rest day for several veterans.

Dolphins running back Arian Foster, defensive end Jason Jones, linebacker Koa Misi, quarterback Matt Moore and defensive end Cameron Wake each received a rest day and did not practice Wednesday. All are expected to play in Miami’s preseason game against the Cowboys on Friday. Continue reading “Dolphins DE Cameron Wake gets rest day in advance of preseason game vs. Cowboys”

Miami Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell, RB Kenyan Drake still not ready to practice

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90) and Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) (right) work on the side at Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on August 10, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (90) and Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) (right) work on the side at Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on August 10, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins’ starting defensive line is expected to play in the team’s second preseason game Friday.

But defensive tackle Earl Mitchell might not be ready to go, as he was held out of Tuesday’s practice with a lingering calf injury. Mitchell has not practiced since Aug. 5 and has missed seven straight practices. Continue reading “Miami Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell, RB Kenyan Drake still not ready to practice”

Dolphins starting defensive line will “probably” play against Cowboys on Friday

Miami Dolphins defensive end Mario Williams (94), Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) and Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) stretch at the beginning of practice at Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on July 31, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins defensive end Mario Williams (94), Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) and Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) stretch at the beginning of practice at Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on July 31, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — When a reporter asked Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph if he was going to “unleash the dogs” in the team’s second preseason game, little clarification was needed.

“You mean the front four?” Joseph asked. Continue reading “Dolphins starting defensive line will “probably” play against Cowboys on Friday”

Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell returns to practice

Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell (41) talks with the news media during Miami Dolphins football voluntary veterans minicamp, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell (41) talks with the news media during Miami Dolphins football voluntary veterans minicamp, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

DAVIE — After one preseason game, the Dolphins’ depth chart remains the same.

Miami published its second depth chart of 2016 on Monday morning and there were no major changes. First-round pick Laremy Tunsil is still listed as Dallas Thomas’ backup at left guard. Continue reading “Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell returns to practice”