PITTSBURGH—The hit that temporarily knocked Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore out of the game was tough to watch, and some Miami players were irate about Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree taking an unnecessary shot.
In the second quarter of the Dolphins’ 30-12 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday, Moore was rolling right and looking for a receiver near the sideline when Dupree blindsided him with a hit to the head. He was penalized for roughing the passer.
“They threw the flag, so obviously it was unnecessary, but what got me so fired up about it was we’re already down to our second quarterback and you see a guy — I got pissed off, I’m not gonna lie, but he’s tough,” right guard Jermon Bushrod said. “He came back in the game and slung it around and did what he had to do.”
Moore missed one play — the Dolphins had T.J. Yates in for a handoff — before returning. He finished 29 of 36 for 289 yards with one touchdown, one interception and two lost fumbles. He was sacked five times for a total loss of 36 yards.
Dolphins safety Michael Thomas declined to comment specifically on the hit because he didn’t want to further instigate, but was inspired by Moore’s resiliency.
“He’s tough, man,” Thomas said. “That’s his mentality. You think about him, he’s been fighting his whole career to get to this spot and he doesn’t want to go out like that. That just shows his toughness.”
Damien Williams, who doesn’t need any help getting fiery, also praised Moore.
“He said, ‘It’s time to go. We’re not done yet,’” he said. “You could tell he wanted this as bad as anybody else. To see him take that hit and get back in, that fired me up more than it did him.”
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