The Miami Dolphins played much better after firing Joe Philbin in large part because defensive end Cameron Wake was healthier. He was the most dominant defensive player in the league in Weeks 6-7 after not making any impact in September.
Wake had to be carted to the locker room after suffering an Achilles injury late in the third quarter and he did not return. He had two tackles, a sack, and a tackle for loss before leaving the game. After the game, interim coach Dan Campbell said he didn’t know the severity of the injury.
Wake was on crutches with no shoe on his left foot after the game, according to multiple reports. He told reporters he plans to meet with doctors tomorrow.
The Dolphins also lost tackle Ju’Wan James to a toe injury in the first half.
It’s never good to speculate on the severity of the injury, but losing Wake for an extended period of time would be devastating for the defense. He’s been one of the best five pass rushers in the league over the last five years. After all of the optimism that interim coach Dan Campbell brought over the last two weeks, the Dolphins had a humbling night against the Patriots. Wake’s injury could be bigger than any loss in the standings.