Jul 25, 2014; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) slips away from free safety Louis Delmas (25) during practice drills at Miami Dolphins Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Mike Wallace returns; Samson Satele starting center

Mike Wallace has returned to practice for the Miami Dolphins after missing almost two weeks with a sore hamstring. The news for the Miami Dolphins is obviously good as Wallace and quarterback Ryan Tannehill have struggled since last season to find continuity on the field.

Wallace became Miami’s $60 million man in 2013 when he signed an opening free agency five-year deal with the team.

Unfortunately for Wallace, who statistically caught more passes last season than any of his professional seasons, found connecting with his young quarterback a challenge. Wallace consistently was able to get behind deep coverage but Ryan Tannehill was unable to hit him often under throwing or overthrowing the speedy wide-out.

The Dolphins had hoped to find that connection this off-season and the two worked diligently during team activities but once camp started Wallace’s injury took him off the field. It’s uncertain whether he will see playing time Friday night when the Dolphins open their pre-season schedule in Atlanta.

The Dolphins also have a new addition that made his first appearance at the teams practice this morning. Samson Satele formerly of the Indianapolis Colts and a former Dolphins as well, opened the practice session taking first team reps. The Dolphins are hoping to get Satele up to speed before the teams game against the Atlanta Falcons.

In his career, Satele has started 98 of 102 games since being drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft. In addition to Miami and Indianapolis, Satele has played for the Oakland Raiders who acquired the center in a trade with the Dolphins during the 2009 NFL Draft.

Satele becomes the most experienced center on the Dolphins roster and it’s no surprise the Dolphins are trying to get up to speed as fast as possible.

 

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