FOXBOROUGH -- Cameron Wake has likely ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left leg, the Miami Dolphins believe, and the Pro Bowl defensive end will miss the remainder of this season.
[An MRI done this morning confirmed Wake tore his Achilles. He is out for the year.]
The team has scheduled Wake for an MRI and a further examination from doctors for Friday to confirm the initial diagnosis made without benefit of such technology at Gillette Stadium Thursday evening.
"We are going to meet with doctors tomorrow and take it from there," Wake said repeatedly after the game.
It is the only thing he said at an obviously emotional time for the 32-year-old player.
Wake's injury was the worst of three that all resulted in players being carted off the field or to the locker room. Right tackle Ja'Wuan James left the game in the first half and said he spent the entire second half in the locker room nursing what the team called a toe injury.
James declined to be specific as to the seriousness of the injury, as per team orders. He was wearing a walking boot as he left the locker room. It is feared James' injury will cause him to miss multiple games.
The story seems brighter for rookie wide receiver DeVante Parker. He suffered a foot injury to the same foot that has required two surgeries since 2014. Parker confirmed he injured the same foot.
But there is good news:
"It was only some tissue thing," Parker said. "I'll be fine. I'm fine."
Parker walked out of the locker room on his own power and showing no noticeable signs of injury.
Wake, meanwhile, was on crutches and in a boot. His season over, the disappointment has to be great because he had strung together three great performances the past three games, collecting seven sacks, including one against the Patriots tonight.
Unfortunately for Wake, this injury, if confirmed as feared, makes uncertain the rest of his career with the Dolphins. Wake is signed through the 2016 season but has a cap number of $9.8 million.
The Dolphins can save $8.4 million of that cap space by cutting Wake as only $1.4 million would remain on the books as dead money. The team likely wouldn't take that action if Wake had continued on his current season arc this year.
But next year he'll be 33 and coming off a season in which he suffered from a nagging hamstring injury the first month and then was lost for the year in October. The team's decision will be interesting to monitor.