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Dolphins QB Moore able to return after vicious hit by Bud Dupree

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree, top, hits Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) during the first half of an AFC wild-card NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Moore was able to return to the game.
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree, top, hits Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) during the first half of an AFC wild-card NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Moore was able to return to the game. AP

Matt Moore missed just one play after a brutal hit by Bud Dupree in Miami that left the quarterback appearing dazed as he was tended to on the ground.

Moore was scrambling when the former University of Kentucky star hit him helmet first in the jaw. He lay on the ground for some time before sitting up and taking his time to recover.

Reviewed by Dolphins doctors on the sideline, he was given his helmet back and returned to the game after missing just one snap. He finished the drive that led to a Miami field goal that cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 20-6.

Dupree was flagged on the hit for roughing the passer.

“I just really needed a second,” Moore said. “With all the protocols now with the NFL, I had to do all that. It was fine. I had to gather myself for a second there. I was able to do that and went back in.”

Dupree told ESPN that he was just trying to make a hit, and there was no ill intent.

Moore wasn’t upset about the play.

“I just got popped,” Moore told the NFL Network. “I just needed a second there. It was more my jaw than anything else. He got me pretty good.

“I didn’t have any bad feelings toward him. Sometimes that happens.”

Dupree finished with six tackles, including splitting a sack of Moore with fellow linebacker James Harrison.

▪  Mike Mitchell (Highlands, Covington Catholic) made eight tackles, including a sack for the Steelers. William Gay (U of L) added two tackles, and Eli Rogers (U of L) had one catch for 19 yards. Jordan Berry (EKU) punted twice for 79 yards.

▪  DeVante Parker (Ballard, U of L) caught four passes for 55 yards for the Dolphins.

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