The Dolphins defensive injuries continue to mount, particularly in the secondary.
Safety Louis Delmas sustained what appeared to be a significant knee injury and was carted off the field. He did not return. After the game, initial reports said Delmas tore the ACL in his right knee.
That forced Miami to further scramble a banged up defensive backfield. Rookie Walt Aikens took Delmas’ place in the lineup.
R.J. Stanford started in place of Cortland Finnegan and Jamar Taylor — both out with injuries of their own — and had an interception in the end zone. Flacco floated a pass to Steve Smith, but Stanford got inside position and made the play, which turned out to be the only turnover in the game.
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“I saw the ball kind of ballooned up in the air,” Stanford said. “It was me and Steve Smith, so I just knew I had the chance. It was floating in the air. Those balls are 50-50 and I just had a mindset [of] I’m going to come down with it and it worked out.”
There is a litany of reasons the Dolphins lost to the Ravens.
(Most would point to the 254 yards surrendered by Miami in the second half.)
But way down on the list was a controversial officiating reversal that had been far more consequential had the game been closer.
On second-and-goal from the 2 with the Dolphins down a point, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco dropped back to pass. Cameron Wake blasted him as he released the ball. The officials ruled the play a fumble and Earl Mitchell recovered the football.
But after a review, the men in stripes determined Flacco’s arm was coming forward and ruled it an incomplete pass.
On the next play, Justin Forsett rumbled into the end zone to put the Ravens up 8 points and well on their way to victory.
Wake, when asked about the play, wouldn’t rip the refs.
“I would have to go back there and watch it in slow motion myself,” he said. “Obviously, it happened so fast. I don’t know what happened. I just tried my best to get there and the refs made a call and that’s one that stood.”
Wake added: “You’ve got to go out there and play another down, make a play, however it has to happen. If they’re not in the end zone, there’s still opportunities to keep them out. Today, we dropped the ball.”
This and that
▪ Linebacker Jelani Jenkins injured his foot in the second half and did not return. Jenkins said after the game that he was fine.
▪ The Dolphins committed three illegal-man-downfield penalties, including one that wiped out a big gain by Mike Wallace.
▪ Caleb Sturgis connected on both of his field goal attempts — from 46 and 34 yards.
▪ Full list of Dolphins inactives: Taylor, Finnegan, RB LaMichael James, LB Jonathan Freeny, LB Chris McCain, OL Nate Garner, OL Billy Turner.
▪ Ryan Tannehill has now gone over 3,000 yards passing in all three of his NFL seasons.