Miami Dolphins tight end Dion Sims, who started the team’s Week 6 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers and played two-thirds of the offensive snaps, was forced to leave Sunday’s game to be evaluated for a concussion. On Monday, it appears Sims has been entered into the NFL’s concussion protocol and could miss additional playing time as he works his way to medical clearance to return.
Sims, who assumed the top position on the depth chart with the concussion starter Jordan Cameron suffered in Week 3, also sustained a concussion last season. In that case, Sims was injured diving for a pass in the endzone in Week 1 and missed a month as he attempted to work his way through the protocols.
Sims is often considered a “blocking” tight end, but he does bring a receiving option to the field when he actually goes out on a route. In his career, he has 56 receptions for 537 yards with four touchdowns. He had one reception on two targets on Sunday, picking up 12 yards.
The Dolphins will turn to MarQueis Gray and Dominique Jones if Cameron and Sims are both forced to miss the team’s Week 7 contest against the Buffalo Bills.