Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jesse Davis: A Buffalo Bill hit me in the face

Jesse Davis of the Miami Dolphins has done a solid job at right guard after replacing Jermon Bushrod this season. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It was Jesse Davis’ first Dolphins-Bills game, but it’s one he’ll remember for a long time.

It wasn’t just because it was so cold and because the crushing loss virtually eliminated Miami from the playoffs.

But also because the game was so chippy, that Davis — 6-feet-6, 321 pounds — said he was hit in the face at one point.

There was a third-down play in the fourth quarter where Kenyan Drake ran right for no gain at the Bills’ 1-yard line.

The Dolphins caught a break when Adolphus Washington slapped the ball out of Drake’s hand, for what could have been a costly, foolish unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

In the corner of an end zone, Drake was surrounded by multiple Bills, when Davis quickly approached and tried to help.

“I saw Kenyan on the ground with a bunch of blue jerseys around him,” Davis said. “And I’m trying to get my guy off the sideline. And next thing you know, this guy turns around and hits me in the face. And I don’t know. I just didn’t know what the hell was going on. So I just tried to get my guy off. And he was trying to stop me. And I wanted to get there.”

Why was the game so chippy?

Drake cited the divisional rivalry. And the cold weather.

Jarvis Landry said it’s because the Bills and Dolphins are always fighting for second place, behind the Patriots.

“I don’t know,” Davis said. “It was definitely one of the most physical ones of the year.”

How does the loss affect the team?

“It hurts,” Davis said. “But you know, we were fired up for this game. We put ourselves in some bad spots. We got ourselves in the red zone twice on the first two drives and should have capitalized on that. It’s our own fault. But we had a great team. We’re not going to sit here and beat each other up and point fingers.”

What’s left to play for?

“It’s really important,” Davis said. “We have a job to do. We get paid to do a job. We still have a job to do. What do we have to lose? Let’s go for it.”

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