Dolphins safety Reshad Jones started his first game of the season on the sidelines as punishment in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
Jones, who did not re-enter last week’s win over the New York Jets because he did not want to be part of a secondary rotation, was forced to stay on the sidelines during the first quarter at Lambeau Field.
Jones entered the game on the first defensive drive in the second quarter after Packers running back Aaron Jones already ran for 96 yards and scored a touchdown, giving Green Bay an early 14-3 lead in the eventual 31-13 loss.
“Coaches decision,” said Jones, who knew heading into the game he would serve the reprimand.
“Whenever I got out there, I did whatever I could to help the football team win the football game.”
In place of Jones, rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick started alongside T.J. McDonald at the safety positions for the Dolphins defense after Miami turned the ball over on its first offensive possession of the game.
Xavien Howard and Bobby McCain started at cornerback, rounding out the Dolphins secondary.
Torry McTyer was the first defensive back off the bench for the Dolphins defense during the Packers’ first offensive series, which resulted in quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing a 7-yard touchdown to receiver Davante Adams with 6:07 left in the first quarter.
Jones was taken out after the third series of last week’s game as the Dolphins rotated players in the back end of their defense, but he chose to not play again after being substituted.
Jones, Dolphins coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Matt Burke each addressed the issue this past week, saying all parties involved were “on the same page” following the Jets game.
Jones had started each of the Dolphins’ previous nine games before being benched to start the Packers game.