Newsy afternoon at Miami Dolphins camp:
Coach Dan Campbell this afternoon confirmed right tackle Ja'Wuan James, who suffered a toe injury verys New England last Thursday, will be back "in a few weeks" but the team has decided the best course is to not pursue surgery, instead allowing James to heal with rest.
James obviously was not at practice Monday. Jason Fox is expected to start at right tackle versus the Buffalo Bills in place of James.
Quarterback Matt Moore also was not at practice and the reason, Campbell said, is because he's been dealing with a broken nose for two weeks. Moore had surgery to correct the problem on Friday and is expected back Wednesday when preparation begins for Buffalo.
Interestingly, Moore broke his nose handing the ball off in practice, according to Campbell and, yes, he had his helmet on at the time. So that's interesting.
Moore will be available for Sunday's game at Buffalo.
The Dolphins are facing the loss of their top pass rusher in Cameron Wake and that will require both longterm and short-term decisions by the team. In the short term the Dolphins obviously will ask Derrick Shelby to step up and replace Wake but there's more to that.
Would the Dolphins ask Olivier Vernon to move from the right end spot to left end so he can then enjoy a matchup versus right tackles as opposed to more athletic left tackles?
"Let's put it this way, all of our options are being pursued at this point," Campbell said. "We're thinking about everything. I don't know if that's the answer. I don't want to sit here and tell you there's no way we would do that. Obviously, OV has done a really nice job over there on the right side. He's comfortable over there. I'm not saying he couldn't but we have a lot of confidence in Derrick Shelby and ... a lot of offenses are right handed so their going to draw a tight end and sometimes chip to the right."
The Dolphins know it's "hard, it hurts us on a lot of different levels," to lose Wake, Campbell said. One level is the team has 13 sacks and Wake had seven of those so over 50 percent of the sack production is no longer available on game days.
But Shelby is bigger and a slightly better run defender than Wake.
"He's every bit of a starter for us as a rotation type player," Campbell said. "You couldn't ask a better guy to come in and fill in for Wake."
The Dolphins were without rookie wide receiver DeVante Parker at practice today but Campbell said that is not a concern. He is being allowed to recover from the scar tissue injury in his surgically repaired foot he suffered Thursday at New England.
Campbell repeated "I don't see that as being an issue."