Daryn Colledge publicly apologized to his teammates on Tuesday for allowing two first-half sacks against the Jaguars — but he had an unassailable excuse.
His head was pounding.
On the team’s opening, Colledge had what he called “a medical issue” pop up. (The Dolphins later announced he was suffering from migraines.)
“I stupidly, selfishly thought that I could play through it and tried to fight through it and in the process got my quarterback sacked twice and really set the offense back,” said Colledge, the veteran left guard. “I apologize to those guys. Luckily, they were able to overcome the deficiencies that I was providing.”
Finally, after the team’s third drive — which, not coincidentally, was the team’s third consecutive three-and-out — Colledge knew he couldn’t continue. He told the coaching staff that it should remove him from the game, which it did. Nate Garner and Dallas Thomas combined to finish out the game.
When the team got back to work Tuesday, Colledge was still feeling the effects. He watched practice from the sidelines while wearing a hat, which could endanger his consecutive-starts streak, now at 104 games.
“Obviously, there’s dirty words out there that nobody wants to use, but it’s one of those things where there were certain symptoms, and I wasn’t playing up to my ability,” Colledge said. “I think everybody here knows my first six games there’s a certain level I play to, and the guy that played those first three drives wasn’t that guy.”
Before he can play, Colledge must pass the cognitive tests required by the league with any player who suffers a head injury. His hopes to return to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, and then work fully when he’s symptom-free.
“I fully expect to be the guy that suits up for San Diego, but again, that’ll be a decision between me and the coach and the training staff,” Colledge said.
Colledge is part of an offensive line that has shown signs of seepage after a strong start to the season. Seven of the 17 sacks the Dolphins have allowed have come in the past two games. Colledge has surrendered five of those sacks, according to Pro Football Focus.
▪ Safety Jimmy Wilson (hamstring) and linebacker Koa Misi (ankle) both returned to practice after sitting out Sunday’s game. Tight end Dion Sims did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media.
▪ The Dolphins signed tight ends Evan Wilson and Gerell Robinson and corner Rashaan Melvin to the practice squad. They cut quarterback Seth Lobato, tight end Jake Murphy and cornerback Rod Sweeting.