Miami Dolphins Olivier Vernon Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Alex Trautwig

Miami Dolphins rookie defensive end Olivier Vernon was named the AFC's Special Teams Player of the Week today. Vernon is the first Dolphins player to receive that honor since Dan Carpenter in Week 8 of the 2010 season.

The NFL announced today that Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon was named the AFC Special Teams Played of the Week. The award gives Miami one of each Player of the Week categories this season, with Vernon joining Reggie Bush (Offensive) in Week 2 and Randy Starks (Defensive) in Week 5.

Vernon earned the honor following a performance which included the recovery of a blocked punt for a touchdown as well as a blocked field goal. Vernon also played in nearly half the defensive snaps on the day for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins became the first team in 20 years to block a punt, block a field goal, and recover an onside kick in the same game.

This is the first Special Teams Player of the Week award for Vernon.

[Hat tip to Palladium561.]

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