Dion Sims was motionless for several minutes after sustaining a frightening head injury in the Dolphins’ 17-10 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Sims sustained a concussion when falling awkwardly during a pass play in the end zone; he did not return to the game. However, the injury was not as dire as it first appeared. Sims was able to get to his feet and onto a cart that took him to the locker room.
Sims did not need to visit the hospital, but he must pass the league’s concussion protocol before playing again.
“He seems to be all right,” said Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who spoke to Sims after the game. “... Obviously, we’ll hope to get him back soon, but I’m not too worried.”
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Sims’ injury left the Dolphins with just one healthy tight end — Jordan Cameron — on their roster. Cameron said reserve offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach did line up at tight end for a handful of plays after Sims’ injury.
“We went into the game plan thinking we’d have a lot of two tight-end sets,” Cameron said. “[Linkenbach] did well for not ever playing tight end.
“It was cool to see him step up.”
If Sims is not cleared before next Sunday’s game in Jacksonville, the Dolphins will likely either elevate Tim Semisch or Jake Stoneburner from their practice squad or sign a tight end off the street.
Jarvis Landry and LaMike James apologized to their Dolphins teammates on Thursday after they had a physical confrontation during a special teams meeting on Wednesday, according to five sources.
Landry was joking around at the start of the meeting. James appeared to be in a bad mood, and whatever Landry was joking about rubbed James the wrong way, prompting James to lash out physically.
Pushes and shoves were exchanged before teammates broke up the altercation. Neither player was injured or disciplined by the team. Landry later apologized to James, and both players apologized in front of the team.
Another Dolphins player said both players told the team that they were sorry they created a distraction. After Sunday’s game, Landry declined to say exactly what happened.
SCARE FOR ALBERT
Left trackle Branden Albert had an injury scare in his first game back — but it had nothing to do with his reconstructed right knee.
Albert left the game briefly with a head injury but passed the league-mandated cognitive tests and returned to action.
Albert started in his first game since tearing his ACL and MCL last November.
In other Dolphins injury news:
▪ Defensive end Olivier Vernon left with an ankle injury, returned later in the game and then left for good in the second half.
▪ Safety Reshad Jones wasn’t on the field for the last defensive sequence after tweaking his hamstring. Jones said later: “I’ll be OK.”
THIS AND THAT
▪ Based on his history of shenanigans, Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will never get the benefit of the doubt.
So when he knocked off Redskins running back Alfred Morris’ helmet with his foot after a tackle, it got noticed nationally.
Suh said he not remember the exchange when asked about it by reporters after the game. The league will have to determine whether Suh intended to kick Morris to levy any punishment.
Suh tallied two tackles — but none for loss — in his first game since signing a $114 million contract with the Dolphins in the offseason.
▪ The Dolphins had a failed conversion on fourth-and-1 at the Redskins’ 12 in the second quarter. Running back Damien Williams was stopped for no gain.
Philbin’s explanation: “We talked about it in our meetings as a staff on Friday that we were going to be aggressive on fourth down. ... [We] felt like it was the right call at the right time; it just didn’t prove to be.”
▪ Dolphins inactives Sunday: cornerbacks Will Davis and Tony Lippett, running back Jonas Gray, linebacker Chris McCain, offensive tackle Jason Fox, wide receiver Matt Hazel and defensive tackle A.J. Francis.
▪ In sitting McCain, the Dolphins decided instead to play rookie free agents Zach Vigil and Neville Hewitt. Vigil saw extensive action at middle linebacker over starter Kelvin Sheppard.
“That was our plan with Zach,” Philbin said.
▪ Rookie defensive tackle Jordan Phillips had the Dolphins’ lone sack in his NFL debut.
▪ Running back Lamar Miller had 53 yards on 13 carries; as a team, the Dolphins averaged 4.1 yards per carry.