The team's top pass rusher, Cameron Wake, who was car accident earlier this week, didn't even make the trip to Carolina because he's recovering from whiplash.
Neither is defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, who suffered a minor knee injury in last week's 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay.
It's normal for NFL teams to sit key veterans for the second and fourth exhibition games, especially when injuries are a factor. Their absence will give a few youngsters and fringe players an opportunity to receive more playing time.
Rookie defensive ends Olivier Vernon, the team's third-round pick, is expected to start in Wake's place. And Derrick Shelby, a undrafted rookie from Utah who has impressed the coaches this camp, will likely have a larger role.
McDaniel's absence will allow the coaches to get a more extensive evaluation of Kheeston Randall, Ryan Baker, Isaako Aaitui and Chas Alecxih, defensive tackles who are all pushing for a spot on the 53-man roster.
The Dolphins expect to rachet up practice's intensity next week as the team goes through a dry run of preparation for the regular season in exhibition game number three.