Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson sustained what appeared to be a serious knee injury Sunday, one that he basically confirmed will end his season.
Gibson was injured in the first half of the Dolphins’ 27-17 loss to New England Sunday. NFL.com first reported he likely tore his patella tendon. He will go for a final evaluation Monday.
“I just go off what the doctors tell me,” Gibson said. “If they say it doesn’t look too good, it doesn’t look too good.”
When coach Joe Philbin was asked about the report that Gibson was out for the year, he responded: “I haven’t really spoken to anyone about it.”
He could have talked to Gibson at any point during or after the game. The receiver knew something was wrong as soon as he leapt for an errant Ryan Tannehill pass.
“It’s frustrating,” said Gibson, who had a touchdown catch shortly before the injury.
If his season is indeed over, Gibson will finish his first year in Miami with 30 catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns.
As expected, Bryant McKinnie started at left tackle and played throughout the game — despite being traded to the team just six days earlier.
McKinnie said the decision to play was based on him feeling comfortable in the new system throughout the week.
With McKinnie in the lineup, Jonathan Martin shifted back to right tackle, and Tyson Clabo was relegated to the bench.
“I feel like I did a decent job for a guy who came in here on Tuesday and having to learn a whole bunch of stuff in a couple of days,” McKinnie said. “It only gets better from here.”
Even with the move, the Dolphins allowed six sacks on the day, tying a season high. They’ve surrendered 32 on the season and are just 21 shy of the team record with nine games to play.
The illegal “batting the ball” call on the Dolphins’ Olivier Vernon wasn’t even the most controversial officiating decision in the game.
The refs flagged Jimmy Wilson for pass interference on a ball intended for Rob Gronkowski in the second quarter. However, a replay showed Wilson barely made contact with the tight end and was making a play on the football.
“I didn’t really get an explanation; I’m not sure,” Wilson said. “I was definitely going for the ball.”
This and that• Dolphins inactives: Cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, quarterback Pat Devlin, running back Mike Gillislee, offensive guards Dallas Thomas and Danny Watkins and offensive lineman Will Yeatman. Three of the team’s first four picks in April’s draft did not dress (Taylor, Thomas and Gillislee).
• R.J. Stanford took a blow to the side of the head Sunday, but didn’t sustain a concussion and was cleared to return to the game.
• Mike Pouncey, Koa Misi and John Denney were captains for the Dolphins.