The first half of the Miami Dolphins at New York Jets game has been an injury fest early for the South Florida franchise. The team has seen nine players need to be treated by the trainers for one reason or another, with two of them taken to the locker room. Jarvis Landry, Brice McCain, and Jelani Jenkins all have left the game and since returned.
Wide receiver Rishard Matthews and center Mike Pouncey have both been taken to the locker room, Pouncey having to be carted there. Matthews came into the game having been ill on Saturday, and was crushed on a pass attempt thrown his way early in the game. Pouncey sustained a foot injury and has been replaced in the starting line up by rookie Jamil Douglas.
The Dolphins have also seen defensive tackle Earl Mitchell hop off the field as well as Jordan Phillips, who replaced Mitchell, walking back to the locker room. Running back Damien Williams had to have his hand checked out by trainers late in the half. Luckily, Phillips came back from the locker room just as C.J. Mosley had to be assisted off the field. Olivier Vernon was also looked at briefly by trainers, though it looked more like a chance for Vernon to catch his breath.
The Jets are struggling to get the running game going in the first half, with Chris Ivory gaining just 26 yards on 8 carries, and the team picking up 37 yards on 12 carries. Ivory ran for 166 yards on 29 carries in the first meeting between the two teams. Bilal Powell gave the running game a spark just before the half, picking up 25 yards on 3 carries. New York, however, has been able to move the ball through the air, mostly to Brandon Marshall who has 67 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is 15-for-26 for 173 yards with two touchdowns.
The Dolphins offense has struggled again, gaining just 81 yards so far on the day. Tannehill is 9-for-18 for 83 yards with an interception.
The Dolphins will get the ball to start the second half, trailing 7-0.