Food poisoning was the culprit, and the stomach bug caused him to miss his first game in his three years with the Dolphins.
“I feel a little better,” Grimes said afterwards. “I've been getting IVs and Pedialytes and a bunch of stuff. When you throw up that much, you’re just drained. ... Obviously, you want to play, but I really wouldn’t have been OK today. I wouldn’t have been a help to the team.”
The outcome — Dolphins 20, Eagles 19 — surely helped calm his stomach. As did the performance of the Dolphins’ young corners who were forced into action.
Rookie Bobby McCain expected to play a significant role; the Dolphins told him he would Wednesday. But he thought he would be opposite Grimes, not Brice McCain.
But even the revised plans were scrapped when Brice McCain hurt his knee on the last play of the first half and did not return.
So it was Bobby McCain and Jamar Taylor as the corners when the Dolphins were in base, and Zack Bowman and rookie Tony Lippett got reps when they were in nickel.
Taylor made an impactful play when he rocked Jordan Matthews on a late third-down pass, jarring the ball loose and forcing an incompletion.
“I missed a couple of tackles the last few weeks, so I definitely needed that,” Taylor said. “Just kind of remind people I know how to tackle.”
The Dolphins made history Sunday — of the wrong kind.
Backed up to their own 1 in the first quarter after an ill-advised and poorly executed kickoff return by Damien Williams, they allowed Eagles safety Walter Thurmond to get a free run at Ryan Tannehill.
Thurmond’s sack resulted in a safety, the third in as many weeks surrendered by the Dolphins. That the NFL record for most consecutive games with a sack allowed.
“Each week it’s something different, something we need to fix,” said tackle Branden Albert. “It could cause a loss if we’re not careful, but we’ll fix that and move on.”
This and that
▪ Jay Ajayi has been a revelation in his two weeks active after missing the season’s first seven games with a broken rib.
On Sunday, Ajayi led the team with 48 yards on just six carries. Ajayi is averaging 8.1 yards per rush this season.
“Coach told me that whenever you go in, just keep the energy high,” Ajayi said. "That's all I've been trying to do. Just play my way of football, downhill, try to break tackles, make people miss, and pick up yards."
▪ Along with Brice McCain — who said after the game that his knee was feeling better — two other Dolphins left the game due to injury and did not return: Williams and Jelani Jenkins, both with ankle injuries.
Jarvis Landry took over kickoff return duties with Williams out. The Dolphins used a pair of undrafted rookies — Zach Vigil and Neville Hewitt — to fill Jenkins’ outside linebacker spot. A teammate later said that Jenkins’ injury was not serious and that he’s expected to play next week.