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Miami Dolphins lose Emmanuel Ogbah for the season

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A great day for the Miami Dolphins as they picked up a fourth straight win and took first place in the AFC East also included some disappointing news.

Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah will miss the remainder of the season with an injury he suffered in the second quarter of a 39-17 win over the Cleveland Browns at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, a league source said.

The Dolphins first announced that Ogbah was doubtful to return with an elbow injury, then ruled him out early in the second half. Several reports indicated that the injury was actually a torn triceps.

ANOTHER BLOW FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE DOLPHINS

Ogbah becomes the third major player the Dolphins defense has lost to a season-ending injury in 2022.

The first was cornerback Nik Needham, who suffered an Achilles injury in the Week 6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He was followed by safety Brandon Jones, who suffered a torn ACL the following week in Sunday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Linebacker Trey Flowers also landed on IR after being injured in the Minnesota game, although his foot injury was not described as necessarily season-ending at the time.

And, of course, the Dolphins have played all season without starting cornerback Byron Jones, who is still recovering from offseason leg surgery.

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DIFFICULT SEASON FOR OGBAH

The injury put a disappointing exclamation mark on what has been a tough year for Ogbah, as the Dolphins signed a new contract in March just before free agency began.

After leading the Dolphins in sacks in 2020 and 2021 with nine each season, Ogbah had just one sack in nine games in 2022. He came in the season opener in the 20- 7 against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium.

Ogbah was held back for a few weeks by a back injury that forced him to miss Sunday night’s Week 7 game against Pittsburgh.

Head coach Mike McDaniel expressed confidence Friday that Ogbah is on his way to becoming a factor for the Dolphins defense.

“I’m not worried at all about the accolade and any kind of production because of what he showed me in preparation because he recovered from being healthy,” McDaniel said. “Just when he had progressed this season, I thought he was playing his best ball and the stat sheet was going to start to fill up. He had a setback from injury which he recovered from. The good news is that I see some of the best things I’ve seen, including last year. I see it in practice. I see it back to full health and confidence. So I don’t mind that because I can seeing that the level of production of stat sheets is a matter of time due to how he does his day-to-day job.

Unfortunately, Ogbah will now have to wait until 2023 to regain the form he showed in those brilliant first two seasons with the Dolphins.

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