Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes spoke with reporters Wednesday for the first time since his wife’s arrest Sunday outside Sun Life Stadium. Not surprisingly, he had little to say about the incident.
“Miko is fine,” Grimes said of his wife, who faces two felony charges and a misdemeanor after allegedly head-butting a cop before the game against Buffalo (she was also fired Wednesday from her co-host job on WQAM). “I really don’t want to talk about what happened with Miko. That will handle itself.”
Is her arrest — and the widespread media attention it has generated — a distraction?
“I’m good,” Grimes said. “I’m a football player. As I always say, stuff will happen, but you have to focus on your job.”
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Eventually, the conversation switched to football, and Grimes might have been the first player in NFL history to be happy to be asked about a blowout loss.
The Dolphins’ defense was exposed in a 41-14 loss to the Bills, and breakdowns in the secondary were a big reason.
“That game sucked,” Grimes said. “Everybody saw it. Nobody played well. It was a bad day. It happens sometimes, it’s happened to other teams. There were other teams during that week that had horrible games like that. It will show a lot, how we bounce back from it.”
Coach Joe Philbin on Monday left the door open to lineup changes, but early signs are the team will stick with Brice McCain at the starting cornerback spot alongside Grimes.
McCain has allowed 63.6 percent of the passes thrown in his coverage area this season to be completed, and through three games is surrendering nearly 17 yards per completion.
On Sunday, Sammy Watkins got behind McCain for a 39-yard catch.
“I gave up one deep ball,” McCain said. “Everybody’s making dramatic stuff about one deep ball. He didn’t score. I tackled him. Everybody in the league gives up deep balls. I don’t understand what the big deal is. I gave up one deep ball, back to back weeks. One, and the rest were like 5 yards and under.”
VERNON’S PLAYING TIME DOWN
Perhaps the most puzzling part of the Dolphins’ defensive struggles has been the team’s use of defensive end Olivier Vernon — or, more accurately, lack thereof.
Vernon, who had 18 sacks in the previous two seasons, was on the field for 79.4 percent of the Dolphins’ defensive snaps last season.
In 2015, his usage rate has dropped to 53.9 percent. Granted, that number is skewed by the ankle injury he sustained early in the season opener, but even in the two games since, he has been on the field for just 63 percent of the Dolphins’ snaps.
Even more puzzling: They’ve cut back his playing time in obvious running situations, despite being the league’s 13th-best run-stopping 4-3 defensive end in 2014, according to Pro Football Focus.
“I’m fine, man,” Vernon said, when asked if he’s frustrated by how the season has gone. “It’s only the third game of the season, going into the fourth game. We’ve just got to play.”
▪ Tight end Dion Sims, who sustained a concussion in the season opener Sept. 13 against the Redskins, is apparently still experiencing symptoms. The Dolphins held him out of practice Wednesday.
Tackle Branden Albert (hamstring), tight end Jordan Cameron (groin), running back Jonas Gray (calf) and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (back) were all limited in their participation Wednesday.