Oct 16, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins safety Jevon Holland (8) tackles Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) in to touch during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings knock off Dolphins 24-16 to win fourth straight

Kirk Cousins completed 20 of 30 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 24-16 win over the host Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.

The Vikings (5-1) won their fourth consecutive game and sealed the outcome when Dalvin Cook broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown run with 3:15 remaining.

The defeat snapped an eight-game home winning streak for the Dolphins (3-3).

Cook, a Miami native, played his first NFL game in his hometown and was held in check until his late scoring burst. He finished with 77 yards on 13 carries.

The Vikings’ defense dominated most of the game, recording six sacks, led by two each for Za’Darius Smith and Pat Jones.

For the third consecutive game, the Dolphins were forced to switch quarterbacks when starter Skylar Thompson was knocked out of the game early in the second quarter with a right thumb injury.

Teddy Bridgewater, who cleared concussion protocol on Saturday, followed Thompson and completed 23 of 34 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted twice and sacked five times. Thompson completed 7 of 13 passes for 89 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Dolphins’ defensive front was able to put pressure on Cousins at times, sacking him three times. Elandon Roberts led Miami’s defense with 1.5 sacks.

But Cousins did just enough offensively, throwing touchdown passes to Irv Smith Jr. and Adam Thielen.

Tyreek Hill led the Dolphins with 12 catches for 177 yards, and Jaylen Waddle finished with six catches for 129 yards.

Trailing 16-3 with a little over 14 minutes left in the fourth, Bridgewater led a seven-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki, who finished with season highs of six catches and 69 yards.

After forcing a punt, the Dolphins drove into Minnesota territory on the ensuing drive. But after Bridgewater hit Waddle over the middle for a first down, Waddle was stripped by Vikings safety Harrison Smith, and Minnesota’s Camryn Bynum made the fumble recovery.

Dolphins cornerback Nik Needham injured his ankle and was carted off in the second quarter. He did not return.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner (1) intercepts a pass intended for wide receiver River Cracraft (85) from quarterback Skylar Thompson (not shown) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Breece Hall powers Jets to 40-17 rout of Dolphins

Breece Hall gained 197 yards from scrimmage and fellow rookie Sauce Gardner made two critical plays as the New York Jets pounded the Miami Dolphins 40-17 on Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, N.J.

Hall carried 18 times for 97 yards and caught two passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

The young Jets (3-2) also got 210 passing yards from second-year quarterback Zach Wilson, who is 2-0 this season after starting the season on the injured list.

New York also snapped a four-game losing streak against AFC East rival Miami.

The Dolphins (3-2), who have lost two straight games, played without their top quarterbacks — Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater — both due to concussion protocol. Bridgewater started Sunday but left after just one play as he was hit by Gardner, causing a safety.

Third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson, a rookie seventh-round pick who had never taken a snap before Sunday, took over and completed 19 of 33 passes for 166 yards and one interception.

New York took a 12-0 lead with the safety (Bridgewater was called for intentional grounding from the end zone), Greg Zuerlein’s 34-yard field goal and Michael Carter’s 1-yard run to start the second quarter.

That TD was set up by Wilson’s 79-yard swing pass to Hall, who dragged safety Brandon Jones for the final 20. Jones held on to Hall’s left leg, finally getting him down at the goal line.

With 9:55 left in the second quarter, Miami got on the board on Raheem Mostert’s 12-yard run.

New York stretched its lead to 19-7 on Wilson’s 5-yard diving run with 2:38 left before halftime. That score was set up by Gardner’s first career interception.

Miami answered with an 11-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard sneak by tight end Durham Smythe with just four seconds left before halftime.

The Dolphins cut their deficit to 19-17 with a 46-yard Jason Sanders field goal, the only points in the third quarter.

But after Sanders missed a 54-yard attempt wide right, the Jets drove for Carter’s second 1-yard TD run. That gave New York a 26-17 lead with 9:22 left.

The Jets poured it on from there, scoring on a 5-yard run by Hall and a 15-yard end around from Braxton Berrios. The TD by Hall was set up by Carl Lawson’s strip-sack, recovered by Quinnen Williams.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones (24) looks on after the game against the Carolina Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins CB Byron Jones on PUP list, out first 4 games

The Miami Dolphins placed cornerback Byron Jones on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday, keeping him sidelined for the first four games as he continues his return from an Achilles injury.

That stretch includes games against four top quarterbacks: New England’s Mac Jones, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, Buffalo’s Josh Allen and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow.

Jones, who turns 30 next month, had offseason surgery on his ankle and Achilles.

He registered 58 tackles and 10 passes defensed in 16 starts for the Dolphins in 2021.

A first-round pick by Dallas in 2015, Jones has 444 tackles, four interceptions and five forced fumbles in 109 games (103 starts) with the Cowboys (2015-19) and Dolphins. He made the Pro Bowl in 2018.

Miami also placed linebacker Brennan Scarlett on injured reserve and waived 13 players: wide receivers Lynn Bowden Jr., River Cracraft, Braylon Sanders and Preston Williams; offensive linemen Larnel Coleman, Kellen Diesch, Solomon Kindley and Kion Smith; linebackers Cameron Goode and Porter Guston; defensive tackles Benito Jones and Ben Stille; and safety Verone McKinley III.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions outside linebacker Trey Flowers (90) warms up before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: DE Trey Flowers reaches deal with Dolphins

Veteran linebacker Trey Flowers is back in the AFC East.

The Miami Dolphins reached an agreement with the 29-year-old free agent, ESPN reported Sunday. He worked out for the team earlier this week.

A two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, Flowers was cut by the Detroit Lions in March.

Flowers recorded 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks in seven games with the Lions in 2021.

He has 261 tackles, 31.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 75 career games (64 starts) with the Patriots (2015-18) and Lions.

New England drafted Flowers in the fourth round in 2015. He helped the team win Super Bowls LI and LIII.

–Field Level Media

Detroit Lions outside linebacker Trey Flowers (90) warms up before the Los Angeles Rams game at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.

Report: LB Trey Flowers works out with Dolphins

Veteran linebacker Trey Flowers worked out with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, NFL Network reported.

A two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, Flowers was cut by the Detroit Lions in March.

Flowers, who turned 29 earlier this month, had 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks in seven games with the Lions in 2021.

He has 261 tackles, 31.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 75 games (64 starts) for the Patriots (2015-18) and Lions.

New England drafted Flowers in the fourth round in 2015. He helped the team win Super Bowls LI and LIII.

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) runs the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert says he’s cleared to play

Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert said he has been cleared to return from a knee injury that wiped out nearly all of last season.

“GM everyone! Wanted to give you all an update… Yah Boy is CLEARED!!! It’s go time!!” Mostert posted Monday morning on Twitter, one day before the start of training camp.

Mostert, 30, underwent surgery in October to repair cartilage damage in his left knee. He played only four snaps, carrying the ball twice for 20 yards, before sustaining the injury in the San Francisco 49ers’ season-opening 41-33 win against the Lions in Detroit.

He signed a one-year contract, $2.125 million contract with the Dolphins in free agency on March 18.

Mostert played the past five-plus seasons with the 49ers, where first-year Miami head coach Mike McDaniel was the offensive coordinator and run game coordinator.

Mostert has rushed for 1,610 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 361 yards and three scores in 59 career games (nine starts) with the Cleveland Browns (2015), Dolphins (2015), Baltimore Ravens (2015), Chicago Bears (2016) and 49ers.

–Field Level Media

Sep 8, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive tackle John Jenkins (95) tackles Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (21) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins re-sign veteran DT John Jenkins

The Miami Dolphins re-signed veteran defensive tackle John Jenkins on Thursday. Terms were not disclosed.

Jenkins, 32, recorded 16 tackles in seven games (two starts) with the Dolphins in 2021.

He has 192 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 100 games (30 starts) with the New Orleans Saints (2013-16), Seattle Seahawks (2016), Chicago Bears (2017, 2020), New York Giants (2018) and Miami (2019, 2021).

–Field Level Media

Nov 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead (72) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins pursuing LT Terron Armstead

The Miami Dolphins are pursuing free agent left tackle Terron Armstead, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.

The Dolphins placed their interest in La’el Collins “on hold” to focus on Armstead, per the report.

Armstead, 30, earned three Pro Bowl selections (2018-20) over nine seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

He started 93 of his 97 games in that span but missed nine games in 2021 with knee, shoulder and elbow injuries.

Armstead was a third-round pick by New Orleans in the 2013 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Aug 14, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Josh Boyer watches the game against the Chicago Bears from the sideline during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins retaining DC Josh Boyer

New Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel will retain defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Boyer joined former coach Brian Flores’ staff in 2019, working that season as the cornerbacks coach and defensive passing game coordinator. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2020.

The Dolphins finished 15th in total defense and 16th in scoring defense in 2021. Miami allowed just 11.7 points per game during a seven-game winning streak from Nov. 7 to Dec. 27.

Boyer, 45, previously worked under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots as a defensive assistant (2006-08), defensive backs coach (2009-11) and cornerbacks coach (2012-18).

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) attempts a pass against the New York Giants during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins host Jets, look to win sixth in a row

The Miami Dolphins, who are hoping to extend their winning streak to six games on Sunday against the lowly New York Jets, are riding the hot passing arm of Tua Tagovailoa.

Miami (6-7) is more than a touchdown favorite over the visiting Jets (3-10), and that has a lot to do with Tagovailoa, who is second in the NFL with a 70.9 completion percentage.

Over the past three weeks, Tagovailoa has been even better, completing 80 percent of his passes for an average of 249 yards per game.

Tagovailoa doesn’t throw down field much, but Miami’s short passing game is working, thanks in large part to speedy Jaylen Waddle, a rookie first-round pick. Waddle leads Miami in catches (86) and yards (849).

Miami’s other top target is tight end Mike Gesicki, who has 59 receptions for 642 yards.

But despite how well things have gone the past five games, Dolphins coach Brian Flores said he’s wary of the Jets.

“They’ve got some talented players,” Flores said.

It’s faint praise for a Jets team that has lost two straight games and five of its past six, including a 24-17 home defeat to the Dolphins on Nov. 21.

New York has already been eliminated from playoff contention for a franchise-record 11th consecutive year, the longest active drought in the NFL.

One of those “talented players” Flores talked about is Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Predictably, Wilson has struggled as a rookie, missing three games due to injury and compiling a 2-7 record in his nine starts. He is completing just 56.1 percent of his passes and has just six TD passes. He has been intercepted 11 times.

But Jets rookie head coach Robert Saleh hasn’t lost faith in Wilson.

“Zach is the future of this organization,” Saleh said. “He’s extremely talented, and he has a bright head on his shoulders.”

Wilson on Sunday will have to contend with a Dolphins defense that either blitzes or fakes one on every down.

Rookie outside linebacker/defensive end Jaelan Phillips leads Miami with 8 1/2 sacks, and the Dolphins have one of the best cornerback combos in the league in Byron Jones and Xavien Howard.

Bright spots for the Jets this year include Braxton Berrios, a former Miami Hurricanes star who is making a Pro Bowl case as a kickoff returner (28.7 average) and punt returner (13.8).

On defense, linebacker C.J. Mosley leads New York with 118 tackles, including 17 last week against the Saints.

Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (team-high six sacks) and his brother Quincy Williams (82 tackles at linebacker) have played well.

Bryce Hall, who leads New York with 10 passes defensed, is a young cornerback who has emerged as a budding star.

Offensively, Wilson has few healthy weapons as Elijah Moore (43 catches) and Corey Davis (34 catches) are out. That leaves slot receivers Jamison Crowder (team-high 45 catches) and Berrios (32 catches) as the top options.

Meanwhile, three of Miami’s running backs — Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and Phillip Lindsay — were placed on the COVID-19 health and safety protocol list on Monday.

The Dolphins are hoping running back Malcolm Brown — who returned to practice on Wednesday — will be ready this week. He has missed six straight games and has been out nearly two months due to a quadriceps injury.

Miami also has an issue at safety, where rookie Jevon Holland was also placed on the COVID list. Safety Brandon Jones was limited this week due to an ankle injury.

–Field Level Media