At least we know that Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones did not pull a Vontae Davis and retire at halftime.
One of the stranger stories of Sunday’s NFL action seems like it will pass with a shrug. Jones, the two-time Pro Bowl safety for the Dolphins, took himself out of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets in the first quarter. The team said it wasn’t injury related. No players wanted to talk about it and coach Adam Gase didn’t elaborate. Jones left the locker room before the media was allowed in.
Whatever happened, Jones will be back for this week’s game according to Gase. Unless Jones wants to explain what happened, we may never hear why one of the Dolphins best players took himself out of a game for three quarters on Sunday. He spent most of the final three quarters on the sideline with his helmet off.
Very few details about Reshad Jones’ absence
Gase didn’t say if Jones will be fined, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, but he’ll play. According to Beasley, Gase said he did not know that Jones was upset about anything.
It was still a mystery as of Monday morning. Gase did say Jones initiated a meeting with him late Sunday night and they talked.
“I’m still going through a couple things,” Gase said, according to Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post. “But me and him are on the same page right now.”
That doesn’t explain much either, but Gase apparently feels good enough about the situation to depend on Jones in Miami’s next game.
Dolphins say it won’t be an ongoing issue
It didn’t seem Jones came out because he was injured. Gase said “there are other factors involved,” according to Beasley. Needless to say, a player of Jones’ stature taking himself out of a game and it apparently not being injury related is very rare.
However, Gase said won’t be an ongoing issue.
“We’ll move on,” Gase said.
Maybe someone will share what happened, but until then, apparently that strange episode will be a footnote to the Dolphins’ season.
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