After a strange day of injuries, the Miami Dolphins beat the Tennessee Titans, 24-17, for their first home win of the season and a 5-4 record.
Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington's season debut lasted only two plays before he departed the field early on Sunday. Pennington, who has had three previous surgeries on his right shoulder, left with a shoulder injury.
Pennington left the field holding his right arm to his side bent at the elbow. On the first play, Tennessee defensive end Jason Babin dropped Pennington as he threw toward tight end Anthony Fasano. Pennington stayed in for one more play to complete a short throw that Brian Hartline took for a 19-yard gain.
Chad Henne took over and led the Dolphins to the game's first touchdown. Henne was the starting quarterback since the beginning of the season and led the team to a 4-4 start.
Later in the game though, Henne suffered a blow to the knee and third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen took his first official snap in the fourth quarter.
Call it bad luck or good luck—the Dolphins overcame each injury and still managed to get the victory.
The Dolphins are now one of six teams that have a 5-4 record in the NFL as they sit third in the AFC East behind the New York Jets and New England Patriots.
Today’s unforeseen events and success may give them the confidence boost they need to finish out the season strong.