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Miami Dolphins' Bitter Loss to Ravens Raises Concerns Beyond the Scoreboard


The Miami Dolphins' clash against the Baltimore Ravens left more than a mere dent in their playoff aspirations. Beyond the resounding 56-19 defeat, the team faces the looming specter of Bradley Chubb's potential long-term absence due to a severe knee injury.


According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport's report on Sunday, sourced from within the league, Chubb suffered a concerning knee injury during the game. An MRI scheduled for Monday aims to ascertain the extent of the damage, casting an uncertain shadow over the Dolphins' defensive capabilities.



The pivotal moment of Chubb's injury unfolded during the later stages of the game. As Ravens' running back Melvin Gordon shifted direction, attempting to evade Chubb, the Dolphins' pass rusher moved to intercept. Unfortunately, Chubb's right knee buckled as he mirrored Gordon's movements, ultimately forcing him to the ground.


The scene was distressing as Chubb lay on the field, prompting the cart's arrival to transport him to the locker room. Swiftly ruled out due to a knee injury, Chubb's absence poses a significant setback for a Miami team gearing up for the playoffs.


In his inaugural complete season with the Dolphins following a trade in 2022, Chubb showcased remarkable prowess. His six forced fumbles, 11 sacks, two passes defensed, and 71 tackles solidified his status as a vital asset on the field—a veteran leader and a four-time Pro Bowler.



Despite this blow, the Dolphins did receive a glimmer of hope regarding another potential injury concern. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, seen favoring his shoulder after a fourth-quarter run, exited the game briefly. Post-game reassurances from Tagovailoa allayed fears, stating that he was "just sore" with no substantial issues.


The loss to the Ravens not only dashed the Dolphins' chance to clinch the AFC East but also altered their course into Week 18. Now, they must face the Buffalo Bills in a decisive head-to-head battle for the divisional title. While securing at least a wildcard spot, the Dolphins stare at the postseason horizon with an unsettling prospect—the potential absence of Chubb, a key pillar of their defensive lineup.




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