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Dolphins' Wake promises pain for Patriots on Monday night

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Dolphins' Wake promises pain for Patriots on Monday night

Monday night, Cameron Wake will be trying to hurt Tom Brady. Pain – inflicting it, enduring it, the specter of it – is a football fact of life.

And no matter how hard the NFL tries to legislate out the danger of the game, it will always be inherent. Brady gets that better than Wake does. He’s been on the receiving end of it a lot longer than Wake’s been dishing it out. And while Brady’s gets to do his job with plenty of protections, he spends a lot more time prone and vulnerable than Wake does.

The Dolphins defensive end went deep last week talking about the nature of the game, the protections afforded, the risks players take and what he sees as the inconsistencies.

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Asked about the injury suffered by Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier last week, Wake said, “I’ve seen a lot of injuries so, unfortunately, that comes along with. This is my thing: I want to hurt everybody I play. I don’t want to injure anybody.

“I want you to be able to get up and go to the next play or feed your family and play next week but I want you to say ‘Man, Cameron Wake …’ ” Wake continued. “I don’t want you to be off the team or like not playing. I want you to obviously be physically defeated. I want to intimidate. I don’t want you to be harmed beyond tomorrow at all. It doesn’t always work that way.”

Continuing, Wake did a little math to make a very good point.

“We have 10 guys on IR or whatever? I’m sure every team has about that with 50 players on a team and then when you think about a 90-man roster … That’s a 20 percent chance every time you’re on the field, a 20 percent chance that whatever happens to you, you’re not going to play football this year.”

As appetizing as the NFL tries to make its product for the masses, the truth is that every single one of the players in the league has reconciled himself to the brutal, primitive nature of the game in which an opponent isn’t just defeated but beaten – literally.

Which means you will see a quarterback exhibit the fencing response as Tom Savage did Sunday, a linebacker unable to walk off the field because he can’t feel his legs as Shazier did last Monday or a well-liked tight end go barbaric on an opponent who made him mad as Rob Gronkowski did last Sunday.

Consumers, advertisers, social media and fans recoil. But violence is as much a part of the game as the football.

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Suh says it's his job to make Brady lose his temper with his linemen, coaches

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Suh says it's his job to make Brady lose his temper with his linemen, coaches

FOXBORO -- There was a moment at Gillette Stadium two weeks ago when Tom Brady was on the turf after having taken another body blow from the Dolphins, and he was yapping back and forth with Miami receiver Kenny Stills. Soon thereafter, Brady was intercepted. 

You've never seen a sidelined player so pleased with himself. Stills bounced the length of the Dolphins bench area, grabbed his helmet and pointed to his head as if to indicate he was taking up real estate in Brady's noggin. 

The Dolphins have pulled no punches when it comes to their interactions with Brady. They want to get inside his head. They want to impact him emotionally in such a way that it effects his play. 

On Thursday, Ndamukong Suh re-established the fact that bothering Brady is one of Miami's objectives when the Patriots and Dolphins square off on Monday night. 

“I’d love to make him mad," Suh said. "My job is to piss him off and have him yelling at his offensive linemen for not blocking me, his coach and everybody on the sideline. That’s my job.”

The Patriots beat the Dolphins in Week 12, 35-17, but Brady was hit eight times. Suh and his teammates are hoping the hits have a cumulative effect.

“I think the last game we played them, we had some good hits on him and understood what they wanted to do," he said. "Personally, I can reach back to some times in Detroit where they actually pulled him from a game. [It was] a preseason game, so maybe it wasn’t that important, but it was important for us just to get a gauge to see where we were at. I’ve had some success against him.”

If Suh finds himself in Brady's personal space early next week, there should be genuine concern that he'll attempt to harm the Patriots quarterback in one way or another. That's been his modus operandi for years.

It seemed as though Suh tried to get out in front of that discussion when he spoke to Dolphins reporters and insisted that he wouldn't be lingering in the Patriots backfield looking for trouble. 

"I usually don’t like going to the ground," he said. "I like inflicting pain and then going about my business and getting ready for the next play. I usually try to not stay on the ground [and] hop up quick."

Ndamukong Suh: 'I think the Patriots are definitely beatable'

Ndamukong Suh: 'I think the Patriots are definitely beatable'

After reloading this offseason, the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are once again seen as favorites in an AFC East they've won the last eight seasons.

Dolphins defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh made it clear in an interview on ESPN that he isn’t afraid of the Patriots.

“I think the Patriots are definitely beatable,” Suh said. “It’s just a matter of playing a good game, almost a perfect game in a lot of ways because they’ve got great coaching and obviously great players and talent on their side of the ball. So you’ve got to be going on all cylinders. Without question, I have a ton of respect for them, but without question, they’re definitely beatable as everybody is in the league.”

Last week on Boston Sports Tonight, Tom E. Curran explained why he expects the 2017 Dolphins to be “one of the more potent teams the Patriots have had to deal with in the division.”

The Patriots and Dolphins face each other in Weeks 12 and 14.