DOLPHINS NOTEBOOK

Miami Dolphins fan, 8, responding well to brain cancer surgery

 

abeasley@MiamiHerald.com

Dillon Brooks, the 8-year-old Dolphins fan who is battling brain cancer, is responding well to the revolutionary brain surgery performed last month, although it remains too early to know whether he is in the clear.

Brooks, whose father Drew works on the team’s security detail and was at Sunday’s game, is now undergoing regular radiation treatment in Boston, where the surgery was performed.

Doctors are “extremely pleased” with Dillon’s response to the gene transfer therapy procedure, and he has had no adverse effects or setbacks, Drew Brooks said.

Dillon’s story has inspired Dolphins fans both locally and around the country, with donations pouring in to help with mounting medical costs.

Dolphins players, coaches and executives all have helped with the cause, from visiting the sick boy in the hospital to wearing blue “Team Dillon” bracelets to show their support.

Even Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher — whose son, Ethan, is fighting a rare blood disease — wore a “Team Dillon” bracelet during a recent Seminoles game. Drew Brooks is a Florida State graduate.

Those interested in helping Dillon Brooks financially are asked to contact The PBA Hope Fund at 954-584-7600 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Checks can be sent to 18459 Pines Blvd. #287, Pembroke Pines, FL, 33029-1400. They should be made out to the PBA Hope Fund, and write “Team Dillon” in the memo section.

Wake active

Pass rusher Cameron Wake was active Sunday, but barely.

Wake, who missed last week’s game with a knee injury, appeared in the game’s first series before returning to the sidelines for the rest of the day.

Neither Wake nor Joe Philbin were in any mood to explain why.

Philbin said: “Our play times are always dictated and give to guys we feel give us the best chance to win.”

Wake added: “I didn’t go today, and we’ll keep working at it and see what happens next week.”

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who had a fumble recovery against his former team in the first half, injured his shoulder Sunday and did not return.

Carroll on calls

Corner Nolan Carroll left the game with a rib injury on a borderline defensive pass interference call, but returned and played through pain.

“I just played the ball,” Carroll said of the flag. “They’re so sensitive about stuff nowadays. You’ve just got to keep playing.

“I guess on that drive they called two crazy [penalties], but it is what it is.”

Grounded again

The Dolphins’ ground woes returned in force Sunday, as the team averaged just 2 yards a carry.

Baltimore out-rushed Miami 133-22 on the day, and the Dolphins ran the ball only two times in the second half.

The Ravens, meanwhile, seem to gather a head of steam as the game wore on, going for 100 yards on 25 carries after halftime.

“I think, towards the end of the game, yes, definitely we could have played better against the run,” said linebacker Koa Misi, who had his best individual game of the season with seven tackles and one sack.

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