A half-hour after Sunday's game, Lamar Miller still struggled to lift his left arm.
Miller, the Dolphins’ starting running back, left Sunday’s game late in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. As part of its examination, the team’s medical staff asked Miller to lift his hand over his head. He could only get it about halfway.
Flash-forward to the victorious locker room, and he showed a similar difficulty when putting on his shirt.
But Miller, who rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, said he only sustained a stinger and could have returned to the game, had that outcome not already been decided. He spent the rest of the game on the sidelines, still in uniform.
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“I’m good,” Miller said. “Just get some treatment, but I should be good.”
Considering the Dolphins’ shallow depth at running back, the team needs him to be right. Miami already has lost Knowshon Moreno for the season with a knee injury, making Miller all but irreplaceable.
The Dolphins’ two other running backs Sunday gained just 36 yards on 20 carries. If not for Ryan Tannehill’s continued success running the ball on the read-option — he had 47 yards on four carries — the ground game would have been a disappointment.
As it was, the Dolphins averaged just 3.8 yards per carry as a team Sunday.
“I'm just trying to do anything to help the team,” Miller said. “The offensive line did a good job today. We’ve just got to keep it going.”
Speaking of that offensive line, it kept Tannehill upright the entire game — even without Daryn Colledge.
Dallas Thomas started at left guard Sunday in place of Colledge, apparently still hampered by a migraine issue that forced him from the game in Jacksonville.
And yet, the Dolphins did not allow a sack all game — the first time that has happened since their Week 4 win over the Oakland Raiders in London.
“That’s the first time in a long time, so we’re happy,” said Mike Pouncey, who started at right guard for the fourth week in a row.
Pitching a shutout
The Dolphins’ defense pitched a shoutout for the first time since 2006. Not coincidentally, they were fully healthy for the first time in a while.
Koa Misi (ankle) and Jimmy Wilson (hamstring) both returned to action Sunday after missing the Jacksonville game.
Misi started at linebacker and had five tackles — including one for loss. Wilson was the nickel back and had a tackle.
However, defensive back Michael Thomas did leave the game in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury.
This and that
▪ The full list of Dolphins inactives: Colledge; CB Lowell Rose; CB Chris McCain; OL Jason Fox; DT Anthony Johnson; OL Billy Turner; TE Dion Sims.
▪ The Dolphins are now 25-6 all-time at Sun Life Stadium against teams from the AFC West.
▪ The Chamber of Commerce couldn't have dreamt up a nicer day. The game-time temperature was 69 degrees, without a cloud in the sky.
▪ There’s no escaping the gubernatorial race, even at a football game. Circling Sun Life Stadium before kickoff: a “Vote for Charlie Crist” banner.
Adam H. Beasley