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Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross combats racism with new program

The Dolphins team owner Stephen M. Ross as the Miami Dolphins host the Houston Texans at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, October 25, 2015.
The Dolphins team owner Stephen M. Ross as the Miami Dolphins host the Houston Texans at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, October 25, 2015. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Stephen Ross’ initiative to combat racism is, for now, like the renovations to Sun Life Stadium: mostly self-funded.

But it’s a sacrifice Ross is willing to make, motivated by the scars that remain from the Dolphins’ 2013 bullying scandal to improve civility in society.

“I looked at it and I saw it as a product of racism,” Ross said. “Having come from Detroit, I’ve always been troubled by it.”

The program, named the “Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality,” has brought together stars throughout sports to help make the world a more harmonious place.

The first of several public service announcements debuted on the Sun Life Stadium video boards Sunday. His goal is for the program’s message to be heard from coast to coast.

“What I really want to see doing ultimately is anytime there’s a live game of any type, any sport, there’s going to be a PSA that deals with this issue,” Ross said.

Ross added: “We are not going to solve all the issues and they go away overnight, but we will have an impact.”

Miami Dolphins team owner Stephen Ross, and Executive Director of Rise Niddi Massay during press conference on the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality. Video by Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

Electric play

Jarvis Landry’s first half was so electric, he could relax for most of the second — not that he wanted it that way.

“I wanted to play, but coach [Dan Campbell] said there’s a short week ahead,” Landry said. “Just wanted to rest up a little. As bad as it was watching, at the same time, I think it’ll be good to get off my feet, and I had the opportunity to relax a little bit.”

Landry should get plenty of exercise Thursday. The Dolphins haven’t won in New England since the Wildcat game in 2008. Landry was two months shy of his 16th birthday.

On Sunday, he added to his budding legend with two touchdown catches, including a 50-yarder in which he made six Texans miss. On the season, Landry has 813 all-purpose yards and has scored four touchdowns.

This and that

▪ The right side of the Dolphins’ line had an up-and-down game. When the Dolphins ran the ball — which they did for 248 yards — they often did so behind Ja’Wuan James and Billy Turner. But James and Turner both were victimized for (largely insignificant) sacks by J.J. Watt.

▪ Damien Williams and Jonas Gray were the workhorses in the second half, combining for 67 yards on 16 carries. But Williams did lose a fumble that led to the first Texans points of the game.

▪ Andrew Franks is basically as successful at kicking field goals as he is extra points. He missed his second point-after kick Sunday, making him 16 of 18 from the new distance. Franks did connect on a 52-yard field goal Sunday; he is 5 of 6 on the season.

▪ Dolphins inactives: CB Brice McCain, C Sam Brenner, TE Jake Stoneburner, LB Chris McCain, OL Jeff Linkenbach, WR Matt Hazel, DT A.J. Francis.

▪ Jamar Taylor started in place of Brice McCain Sunday, and Bobby McCain was the nickel corner. Bobby McCain broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone. Michael Thomas and Walt Aikens both got snaps at safety.

▪ Rookie corner Tony Lippett was active and played for the first time as a pro.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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