DAVIE - Cameron Wake officially got back to elite status last week, sealing the Dolphins' 22-20 overtime victory against the Cincinnati Bengals with a safety, and the league is recognizing the two-time Pro Bowler for his performance.
Wake was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 9 by the NFL. It is the first Player of the Week honor for the Dolphins this season.
Wake had five tackles, three sacks, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and recorded a safety in the win.
Wake had played on a limited basis in the previous three games despite suffering a mild MCL sprain on the first series of the 27-23 win over the Falcons, but he admits he didn't feel like himself until last Thursday night's game.
Wake has contributed 13 tackles, 5.5 sacks and eight quarterback hits this season.
The honor marks the first time that Wake has been selected as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. He was honored in 2012 as the AFC Defensive player of the Month for October. Wake is the first Dolphins defensive player to win the award since Week 5 of the 2012 season when defensive tackle Randy Starks was selected the AFC's Player of the Week for his performance against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 7, 2012.