Mike Wallace Injury: Updates on Dolphins Star's Hamstring and Return

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Mike Wallace Injury: Updates on Dolphins Star's Hamstring and Return
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Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald provides a synopsis of Mike Wallace discussing his status for this week's preseason game:

 

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5

ESPN's James Walker reports Mike Wallace's status for today's practice:

 

Updates from Monday, Aug. 4

Chris Perkins of Sun-Sentinel.com reports Mike Wallace's status from today's practice: 

 

Original Text

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace has been somewhat limited lately at training camp due to injury; however, the speedster isn't expected to sit for an extended period of time. 

According to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald, Wallace will miss at least a week as he nurses a hamstring ailment:

Wallace could potentially miss more time than that, but there is no indication that the injury will prevent him from being ready for the start of the regular season.

To say Wallace is coming off a disappointing season would be an understatement. He was Miami's prized acquisition last offseason but finished the campaign with just 930 yards and five touchdowns while often playing second fiddle to Brian Hartline in the passing game.

Wallace and quarterback Ryan Tannehill struggled to find ideal synergy, so there is plenty of pressure on both of them to perform in 2014. That is especially true for Wallace, as he is among the NFL's highest-paid players, per Andrew Abramson of The Palm Beach Post:

Over the course of his career, Wallace has been pigeonholed as a one-trick pony at times. He is incredibly fast and skilled at making plays down the field, but that also limits his ability to make a consistent impact on a game-by-game basis.

According to Salguero, Wallace is confident that the coaching staff will put him in position to be an all-around receiver this year rather than simply a deep threat.

I think I'll get to run everything. I'll be able to be a complete receiver instead of a one-dimensional guy. Coach tells me every day he's going to work me to continue to push me to boundaries I've never been to. I'm excited about it. I'm definitely willing to accept the challenge and be the best player I can be. I feel as long as I'm put in a good position, I'll play well.

With that in mind, Wallace seems like a prime candidate to return to his previous form. Wallace may be shunned in fantasy football circles this year, but Rotoworld (subscription required) views him as a potential value selection.

"Wallace is currently being drafted as a WR3, but we like his odds for having a bounce-back breakout year," the site asserts.

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The Dolphins and their fans are certainly hopeful that Wallace lives up to those expectations. This injury may be a bump in the road, but the important thing is that he has plenty of time to recover.

Wallace is a veteran who won't lose much, even if he has to ultimately miss some training camp and even a preseason game or two. His health entering the regular season should be Miami's primary concern at this point.

If Wallace is fully healed in the near future, it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure of being a franchise player in his second season with the Dolphins.

Things didn't go according to plan in 2013, but having a year in Miami under his belt should be extremely beneficial to Wallace.

 

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