Left tackle Taylor Lewan suffered a back injury and did not return to Sunday’s game. He will have a MRI on Monday. He called it tightness and a back spasm that began when he woke up Sunday morning. He does not believe it will be something that affects him long-term.
Tom Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard and held without a third-down conversion Monday night, and Miami snapped the New England Patriots’ eight-game winning streak with a surprising 27-20 victory.
The Dolphins (6-7) were 11-point underdogs at home, but they kept the Patriots (10-3) from clinching their ninth consecutive AFC East title — at least for another week.
“It was a bad night,” Brady said. “We’ve had a lot of good nights this year. This was a bad night.”
Brady went 24 for 43 for 233 yards and one touchdown. Miami sacked him twice and hit him five times, and held the Patriots to 25 yards rushing. New England was 0 for 11 on third down.
Ironically, there are as many quarterbacks with mobility in their tool bag trying to recover from this injury now than there were in the preceding decade.
Besides Wentz, there is the Texans’ Deshaun Watson, who returned for Clemson’s 2015 season opener after tearing an ACL the first time late in 2014. There’s the Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill, who hurt his late last season and re-injured it during this season’s training camp.
Thus, the sample size will grow next year if all recover and come back to the field next season. Wentz and the rest will begin to show if they’re the next McNabb or the next RGIII.
Shortly before that, Zuccarello saved a goal on the other end of the ice as the Devils came within inches of tying the score. Brian Gibbons’ shot got through Lundqvist but Zuccarello was able to swipe the puck out of the crease before it rolled across the goal line.