Mike Pouncey on Landry, Drake ejections: ‘There is no just no place for that, honestly.’

Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake is escorted off the field after an incident following a play in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)

MIAMI GARDENS — With about six minutes left in Miami’s loss to Buffalo on Sunday, Jarvis Landry scored a touchdown.

But as a result of a melee that immediately ensued, Landry and running back Kenyan Drake were ejected.

After the game, Dolphins coach Adam Gase said of Landry’s ejection: “I know what he did, but it’s not something that I want to say right now.”

An official cited Landry for disrespecting an official. It also appeared Landry’s action toward a Bill escalated the fracas.

Drake appeared to be under siege by a Bill when he escaped and tossed a Bills helmet 20 yards. The problem is Miami trailed only 22-9, then scored another touchdown to cut the deficit to 22-16, then recovered an onside kick.

And Miami had to try to win without Landry and Drake, which did not sit well with a few teammates.

“I don’t really know what happened, man,” center Mike Pouncey said. “I was just pissed off that it even took place. We still had seven minutes left in the game and there is just no place for that, honestly. I mean, just a common sense thing. Like what are you doing? It’s a football game. We don’t need that out there. We just don’t.”

Pouncey said he understands the role emotions play in the game but it’s still unacceptable.

“I think both of those guys know,” Pouncey said. “I just think that you get caught up in the moment. Emotions get caught up into it. It was a division game for us and a lot of guys wanted to play this football game for us. We have to be smarter in those situations. We have to know we can’t get guys kicked out of the game at that point. Hopefully both those guys will learn from it.”

Dolphins guard Ted Larsen said he saw Drake or Landry in a “choke hold, so I kind of went over there to protect them.”

But he added that smarter decisions must be made.

“It got a little scrappy a the end,” Larsen said. “Guys got frustrated. But it’s inexcusable to start something like that. When you have a chance to win the game. It’s just something we’re going to have to get better at.”

Wide receiver Kenny Stills was asked if the team lost composure.

 

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