An interception return for an 81-yard touchdown. A fumble recovery. A pass defensed. Two tackles. Those are the stats for Miami Dolphins safety Louis Delmas, who was named the NFL's AFC Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced today.
This is the first time Delmas has won the recognition.
The six-year veteran joined the Dolphins this season after five years with the Detroit Lions. A second round pick of the Lions in 2009, Delmas was named Rookie of the Month for September 2009. He joins the Dolphins on a one-year contract this season.
This is the second AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the Dolphins in 2014. Defensive end Cameron Wake was recognized for a two sack, two quarterback hit, three tackle, two forced fumble performance in Week 1 against the New England Patriots.
Delmas' performance on Sunday made him the first Dolphins player with an interception and a fumble recover in the same game since December 2012, when Reshad Jones pulled off the feat (Jones actually recovered two fumbles in that game, but was somehow not named AFC Defensive Player of the Week). The Dolphins had two AFC Defensive Players of the Week last year, Wake winning it in Week 9 and defensive end Olivier Vernon adding the recognition in Week 13. The last time Miami won the recognition three times in a season was in 2005, when linebacker Zach Thomas, defensive end Jason Taylor, and safety Lance Schulters each earned the recognition.
The other AFC Players of the week were the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger (offensive) for his six-touchdown pass performance against the Indianapolis Colts and Knile Davis of the Kansas City Chiefs (special teams), who returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams.