On Sunday, in Philadelphia, the entire stadium gasped when Miami Dolphins’ star safety Jevon Holland collided with starting linebacker David Long Jr. Holland would return to the game while Long was evaluated for a concussion. But one day after, Miami’s starting free safety still felt the after-effects of the collision — forcing the team to place Holland in concussion protocol.
During Monday’s press conference, head coach Mike McDaniel shed some light on what happened on Sunday night and what transpired the following morning. Here’s what McDaniel said about Holland.
“He was cleared in the game, which is why he went back, by the UNC into the game. And then the standard procedure for that is the following day, you have a follow-up,” McDaniel said. “In that, he did report symptoms, so he will be in the concussion protocol, which is something that we’ll work through and just worry about him getting healthy.”
The Dolphins are, unfortunately, no strangers to head injuries. Tua Tagovailoa suffered at least two concussions a season ago, one that forced him to miss the final few weeks of the season and the team’s playoff game vs. Buffalo. There’s no guarantee Holland will miss any time with his head injury, but considering the Dolphins have been in the spotlight with these types of things before, they will surely be safer than sorry.
Holland is critical to Vic Fangio’s defense and would be impossible for Miami to replace. The #1 rated safety, according to Pro Football Focus, has 58 tackles on the year, including three game-changing forced fumbles.
Will Miami’s leader on defense miss Sunday’s matchup vs. the New England Patriots? Which safety will step up in his absence? How would you feel heading into Sunday without Holland?
We’ll watch this one closely throughout the week leading up to Sunday’s matchup.