Sideline melee: Ex-Dolphin Dan Carpenter starts it, Bills player appears to head-butt coach

Ex-Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter ignited a sideline scuffle with his hit on Jakeem Grant. (Getty Images)

Ex-Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter ignited a sideline scuffle with his hit on Jakeem Grant. (Getty Images)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.–This got ugly fast.

Former Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter prompted a sideline ruckus during the Miami-Buffalo game today by taking out kick returner Jakeem Grant with a high hit. It was unclear on the CBS broadcast whether Carpenter hit him in the head or shoulder, but immediately after knocking him down, he stood over Grant on the sideline.

That’s when everything broke bad. At least a dozen Bills players were in Miami’s bench area, and several Dolphins were involved as well.

No one had a more interesting experience than Miami special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi. He ran to the scene well after it was underway and looked like he was trying to keep Buffalo safety Corey Graham from joining it.

Rizzi put his hands on Graham and they got into a physical altercation pushing and yelling at each other, then Bills linebacker Jerry Hughes asserted himself. Hughes was seen yelling at Rizzi, then appeared to head-butt him.

Rizzi laughed about the incident briefly on his way out of the locker room after Miami’s 34-31 win, but did not comment other than cracking a joke when asked if he was in the concussion protocol. Dolphins coordinators are not typically available to the media after games, but Rizzi speaks to the press on Thursdays and should have something to say about it next week.

“I just saw Jakeem get hit and then it was just a bunch of bodies,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. “After that I didn’t really see much. I just saw guys from the other team coming on our sideline. I mean there were a lot of bodies in there. We were just trying to make sure we kept everyone else back. We didn’t need one of our guys getting thrown out of the game because obviously we needed everybody.”

The Dolphins have not said whether they intend to file a complaint with the league. Carpenter, who is required to talk after games like all players, did not speak to the media afterward.

Miami running back Kenyan Drake said he saw a head-butt.

“Hopefully the league will take care of something like that,” Drake said. “I have no say-so in that, so I hope the league will take care of that.

“We were making enough plays to where they really didn’t have anything they can say on the field, so I guess whatever ends they need, you know, head-butting our coaches, if that’s what they’re trying to do to, then by all means.”

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