-- The Miami Dolphins lost defensive end Cam Wake, the four-time Pro-Bowl selection, to a season-ending torn Achilles tendon in Thursday's 36-7 loss at New England.
And there's a chance Chris Mc Cain, the linebacker who also plays defensive end, will get some playing time after being inactive the last two games.Look for second-year end Terrence Fede to also see his playing time increase. He left the locker room Thursday in a walking boot.He was replaced by Jason Fox, who filled in earlier this season when left tackle Branden Albert was out with a hamstring injury.Everyone had a good idea about the grim reality of the situation.Wake appeared briefly in the post-game locker room on crutches.
"We'll get with the doctors and take it from there," he said in a sullen tone.While Wake's loss will hurt greatly on the field, there's also a psychological toll to seeing perhaps your best player carted off the field. "You lose a Pro-Bowl player like that, a leader of this team, it's tough to see a guy go down." Defensive end Derrick Shelby, who was already in the regular defensive line rotation, will likely start in Wake's place.And, yes, they still believe in the rejuvenating powers of Campbell."The atmosphere is a winning atmosphere," middle linebacker Kelvin Sheppard said, "and Dan Campbell has created that. "I truly believe this team is going to get back together and we're going up to Buffalo next week to get a victory." Wake, who had seven sacks and four caused fumbles in the last three games after being slowed by a hamstring injury early in the season, was rushing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady when he went to the ground late in the third quarter.He laid on his stomach, motionless and expressionless, as he waited for medical personnel to get on the field.Wake, whose 60 sacks are second in franchise history, eventually left the field unable to put any weight on his left leg and was taken off the field and into the locker room on a cart.