The Miami Dolphins are 3-0 after Sunday’s win over Oakland. But they did lose a player for the season in the process — DE William Hayes. And wait until you see how he did it too, courtesy of ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe.
Dolphins DL William Hayes tore his ACL, he’s out for the season. Big loss. It happened when he tried not to put his body weight on Derek Carr while sacking him and got his foot caught in the ground.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) September 24, 2018
So there you have it, folks. Defensive players are so worried about getting a flag for making a proper tackle that they’ll accidentally injure themselves in the process. Because apparently, you cannot fall on a quarterback anymore. That’s the real now. It’s as if the league doesn’t believe gravity is a thing.
But, just how big of a loss is this? Well…
The 11-year pro has two sacks through just three games this season. In 10 games last season, he only got one. And of course, the Dolphins are off to a flying start. They’re 3-0 as they look forward to a big divisional clash against the New England Patriots (1-2). That’s right, the Pats are 1-2 now. What is happening?
For three weeks in a row, Green Bay Packers pass-rusher Clay Matthews has been flagged for roughing the passer. In Week 1, he was definitely late. But in Week 2, it didn’t look like a penalty at all. Then in Week 3, well, Washington QB Alex Smith still had the ball in his hands when the flag was thrown.
So way to go, NFL. Hayes is out for the season — in part because of your new rule. Or rather, the fact that your new rule means everything is a penalty now. You’re not going to stop injuries from happening. Injuries happen; that’s football. Yesterday, 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo hurt himself while running. A non-contact knee injury, in fact. Now he might be out for the season.
Just like Hayes is — just because he didn’t want to hit the quarterback too hard.