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Miami Dolphins upset about 'illegal' hit on quarterback Matt Moore

Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) is helped by staff after suffering an unknown injury in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Fri., Aug. 19, 2016, in Arlington, Texas.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) is helped by staff after suffering an unknown injury in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Fri., Aug. 19, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. AP

They wouldn’t come out and call James Morris’ hit on Matt Moore dirty, but the Dolphins sure came close.

Players and their coach Adam Gase both seemed bothered by banned hit Morris unleashed on Moore late in the first half of the Dolphins’ 41-14 preseason loss to the Cowboys. Moore was out of the pocket but had clearly began his slide when Moore targeted the backup quarterback’s head with his shoulder.

Moore’s head violently bounced off the ground. He left the game and did not return as the Dolphins checked him for a concussion.

Ryan Tannehill post-game said Moore is “going to be all right,” but wasn’t pleased about what happened to his friend.

“I'm not going to call it dirty,” Tannehill said. “Obviously, it was illegal. He's clearly going down and the guy led with his helmet. I'm not going to call it dirty but it's definitely illegal. You hate to see it happen at any point, especially in a preseason game.”

Said guard Dallas Thomas: “That wasn’t right. They clearly saw he was sliding, and they just attacked. That was wrong.”

Added Gase: “Sometimes in football, it's a split-second decision a guy's got to make. He was sliding. It's hard. I wish the guy was able to pull off or should have pulled off, but that's what's what happens sometimes.”

Gase did not have an update on Moore’s condition after the game.

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