Tearful Adrian Phillips backs Quandre Diggs after leg injury


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Adrian Phillips of the New England Patriots line up. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Patriots safety Adrian Phillips was deeply moved after seeing his friend and former college teammate Quandre Diggs suffer. horrific injury Like the Seahawks beat the Cardinals.

Phillips – who spoke briefly to the media after the Patriots’ loss to the Dolphins – had tears in his eyes as he stepped onto the podium, and his voice broke several times as he messaged Diggs.

“I’m praying for you, my brother Quandre,” said Phillips. “He just had a horrific injury and I want you to know that I love you bro. I hate it so much, but I love you bro, and I’m just praying for you.”

Diggs alleged victim A ruptured fibula and a dislocated ankle, according to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

“He will be back,” Carroll told reporters via ESPN’s Brady Henderson.

Phillips told the media that he was open to questions (“let’s get over this”), but the assembled reporters encouraged him to call his friend.

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– Mack Jones finished 20-for-30 as a passer with 260 yards and a touchdown, but he threw a costly pick-six in the opening round to give the Dolphins a 17-point lead, and He was part of a rumble. On a failed photo outside the red zone.

“Honestly it’s really embarrassing, just from my point of view the way I played wasn’t good enough,” Jones said. “I can get better and it starts with me. I am the quarterback and it is my job to make those around me a success, and it starts with me.”

Jones noted that he read the Dolphins’ defense on interception correctly but missed Xavian Howard. Meanwhile, David Andrews was out for the mess, and Jones couldn’t handle the picture of Ted Karras.

“It wasn’t Ted’s fault it was my fault,” Jones said. “I have to get the ball and hand it back to run. It’s not like it was some huge play that required a bunch of things, so you never want those things to happen, but now we know that During pre-exercise, we may get more work. Just go back to the basics.”

Still, Jones’ teammates appreciated how he bounced back from his early struggles.

“Hell of a football player,” said Brandon Bolden. “He didn’t quit. Stayed in the game the whole time. From young quarterback, to a rookie quarterback you love to watch. It’s easy for a player like that to get up and play.”

– Several Patriots expressed confidence that the team would turn its fortunes on next Sunday for their wild-card game.

“It’s not over,” Bolden said. “There’s no reason to lie down and take anything. We have a lot to fight for. I know me personally, so I’m getting closer to it. That’s how I’m going in the next week.”

“I’m not finished. Go in next week, take it like it might be the last, but I’m going to fight like hell to get more.

Hunter Henry agreed.

“I don’t think we’ve lost any confidence. We know what we have there,” he said. “We just have to play great football. That’s the biggest thing.”

Still, the Patriots know they can’t get off to a slow start against a playoff opponent.

“You get to the playoffs and you’re down 17-0, it’s going to be a long day,” Devin McCourty said. “Everyone is a good team, everyone is fighting to play next week. You will not be able to do this. Whatever it is, we have to find a way – no matter what – to move on to the next play and try to piece together good plays instead of good, bad, good good, bad bad. We can’t live like this.”

Matthew Slater said the Patriots need to decide what this season means.

“I believe it’s important to us, I believe we care about it,” Slater said. “But talking is not what is going to get it done. It is going to be execution and playing well whenever we play next.”

Are the Patriots ready for the playoffs?

“There’s no choice,” McCourty said. “They start next week.”

– Christian Barmore was helped off the field in the second half without putting any weight on his foot – a worrying sign for the Patriots, especially considering that he Allegedly Couldn’t put any weight on the leg even after X-rays.

Jones said of Barmore, “I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I told her I loved her and had my back.” “He’s a great player, and he’s been a great partner for me in Alabama and obviously here as well. He’s really positive, and I hope he’s okay.”

– Brandon Bolden was whistled for a suspected unnecessary roughness call – on replay, it was clear He never touched a Dolphin punter, who first slipped by shorting the bottom ball.

“I went over there and I was trying to get the ball out of him, but I didn’t touch him at all,” Bolden said. “That’s just what happens sometimes. The ball doesn’t come your way every time and he just said what he said. …

“We just have to play the football game as it is being told and we didn’t get that.”