Miami Dolphins place Isa Abdul-Quddus on season-ending injured reserve

Miami Dolphins strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (24) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) after interepting a pass in the third quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 16, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James after an interception in the third quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins placed starting safety Isa Abdul-Quddus on season-ending injured Wednesday, the team announced.

Abdul-Quddus was announced to have a neck injury during the victory at the Buffalo Bills. Abdul-Quddus was seen leaving the Dolphins’ locker room in a shoulder sling.

The loss of Abdul-Quddus is significant. The Dolphins are already without starting safety Reshad Jones, one of the best in the league, for the season due to a shoulder injury.

Quddus had 77 tackles in 15 games with 1 sack, 2 interceptions and 5 passes defended.

Miami will likely start veterans Bacarri Rambo and Michael Thomas at safety. While they are solid players, they may not have the speed or big play-making of Jones and Abdul-Quddus.

Early in the season, Miami had one of the best safety tandems in the NFL.

The Dolphins have promoted safety A.J. Hendy from the practice squad. Hendy is an undrafted free agent from Maryland.

If cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle) were to miss Sunday’s game against the Patriots, Miami would be without three of four defensive back starters from the season opener.

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