Miami Dolphins’ Kenyan Drake: Getting ejected for helmet toss ‘stupid.’

Miami Dolphins Kenyan Drake  is tackled by Buffalo Bills Micah Hyde and Jerry Hughes in the first quarter at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, December 31, 2017.

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake was ejected from Sunday’s loss to Buffalo after tossing a Bills helmet during a melee in the fourth quarter.

Drake spoke about the incident at Miami’s pack-up day at Dolphins camp on Monday. While Drake said repeatedly that it’s always going to be important for him to stick up for teammates, he admitted the helmet toss was a mistake.

“I felt like that was an out-of-character moment for me,” Drake said. “It was a heated situation. Especially when something had happened in the last game when we had playoff implications. It was stupid on my part just because at the end of the day we still had a chance to win that game. We had just scored a touchdown. There was still plenty of time in the fourth quarter. But you know hindsight is 20-20.”

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry was also ejected. And Drake explained he was mostly intervening on Landry’s behalf.

“Jarvis got pushed out the end zone,” Drake said. “They grabbed his neck and were pulling him, things of that sort. So he went after 21. I was right behind him. I’m going to rally for my teammates in any situation. That’s the type of person that I am. The type of player that I am. But I let the situation get the best of me. So you know I think player safety is the most important thing. So after I threw that helmet looking back on it who knows where the helmet could have landed. So from that standpoint I felt I needed to take a step back and look at myself and look at the situation. I put a lot of people at risk.”

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Drake seemed surprised two Dolphins were ejected, but no Bills.

“It was a little pileup,” Drake said. “I felt like they kind of grabbed on Jarvis and pulled him. The refs didn’t really officiate that I felt in a manner to where they didn’t really have the repercussions for the Bills players because they were pushing at the end of the whistle, things of that sort. In the heat of the moment, I’m always for my teammates. But I can’t let that get in the way for the detriment of my team.”

Whose helmet did he chuck?

“I can’t even tell you,” Drake said. “Whoever it was we had a little wrestling match at the bottom of the pile. Whoever’s helmet it was. I kind of just grabbed it, heat of the moment. I was like well I mean if I’m going to go out, I guess this is how I’m going to go out.”

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Drake reiterated that the Dolphins are a tight team with players who defend each other.

“I hate that I put myself in that situation,” Drake said. “I hate that I put my teammates in a vulnerable situation. Defending me. Defending Jarvis. That’s the type of player that I am. I felt at the end of the day when somebody is trying to get over on one of my teammates I’m always going to try to be there.* No matter what. In a situation similar throughout the year we’re a close-knit team. We get into a lot of scuffles and nothing has ever gotten to that point obviously this year. But I felt like the players that we have on our team we’re always going to have each other’s back. Sometimes we have to kind of watch it. Because you don’t want things to go too far after the whistle. Things of that sort. So it’s all about just being a little bit smarter.”

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