The Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 34-13 in the first Black Friday game in NFL history. However, entering the history books came at a price for the Dolphins, as they also lost their edge rusher Jaelan Phillips for the season.
Phillips went down with a torn Achilles six minutes into the fourth quarter. By then, the Dolphins’ had all but sealed their win and were in front 27-6 when he was helped off the field, making Phillips’ season-ending injury even harder to take for Dolphins fans.
Phillips Will Be Sorely Missed
Phillips’ injury could also turn out to be a big problem for Miami. They are 8-3 and sit atop the AFC East. The Dolphins will be looking to stay there until the end of the season and win their division for the first time in 15 years.
However, Phillips was crucial for Miami so far, forming a menacing partnership with Bradley Chubb. The edge rusher has 6.5 sacks (tied with teammate Christian Wilkins) and has also pitched in with 43 tackles and 11 quarterback hits.
Ogbah and Van Ginkel with a Chance to Impress
With Phillips out for the rest of the season, it will be up to Emmanuel Ogbah and Andrew Van Ginkel to step in and fill the defensive gap. Ogbah made an immediate impact on Friday with a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks.
As for Phillips, he will hope to have a successful recovery, as he will become eligible for a fifth-year rookie option, with Miami having until May 2 to make their decision.