The Miami Dolphins are down to their third-string quarterback.
The Miami Dolphins (3-2) lost another quarterback to injury when Teddy Bridgewater — starting for Tua Tagovailoa, was hit by New York Jets rookie cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner on a blitz as he was about to throw on Miami’s first play from scrimmage. Bridgewater was called for intentional grounding in the end zone on the play, resulting in a safety.
Skylar Thompson, come on down for the Dolphins.
The Jets got a safety on Miami’s first offensive play when Bridgewater was forced out of the game, and the Jets dominated the Dolphins 40-17. Michael Carter had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs after big catch-and-run plays by Breece Hall, helping New York stop a 12-game losing streak against division opponents.
It is the Jets’ first 3-2 start since 2017. It was the franchise’s first win against a division rival since beating Buffalo in Week 17 of the 2019 season.
Dolphins lost their second straight after starting the season 3-0.
Rookie Skylar Thompson replaced Bridgewater; he was a seventh-round pick out of Kansas State and was 19 of 33 for 166 yards and an interception in his NFL debut.
The game was entirely one-sided, courtesy of the Jets.
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The NFL is doing the right thing by airing on the side of caution for the safety of its players. The worst injury is when you suffer a brain injury, and it occurs moments after, also known as post-concussion syndrome, and it is scary.
Defensive injuries are a big problem for the Dolphins defensively at the moment. Defensive back Xavien Howard did not play in this game; in the two previous games, Howard was not 100 percent healthy, battling a groin injury. Byron Jones has not played this season at this point. The Dolphins are playing with backup corners. It is hard to play your best brand of football with injuries.
The Dolphins are a better team than they exhibited in losing to the Jets. A whole week of preparation with any of their quarterback preparing to play should help when they host the Minnesota Vikings at home next week.