Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki has a big day cut short by injury
As he walked off the field at Hard Rock Stadium and into the tunnel Sunday, Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki raised his left arm and gave fans a thumbs up. His right arm was gingerly being held steady by a trainer.
The Dolphins probably won’t know the specifics or severity of Gesicki’s injury suffered against the Chiefs until later in the week, Coach Brian Flores said postgame. But it had quarterback Tua Tagovailoa concerned enough that he sought out Gesicki after the 33-27 loss.
“I had an opportunity to go in after the game, see Mike and talk to him. He’s really hurting,” Tagovailoa recounted. “I told him that my thoughts and prayers are with him and the rest of the team is praying for him. There was a group of guys that came after me as well. You just hate to see that for someone like him.”
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Especially disheartening for the Dolphins and Gesicki is that the third-year tight end was in the midst of another impressive performance when he was hurt with about 10 minutes left. After catching a short pass from Tagovailoa for a 2-yard completion, Gesicki was dragged down from behind by Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen near the sideline.
Gesicki’s helmet hit the turf first, but he immediately grabbed for his right shoulder as he turned over and kicked his feet writhing in pain. Already without several key offensive players, the Dolphins suddenly had lost another weapon.
Gesicki caught five passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, including a 29-yard grab earlier in the fourth quarter where the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder leapt and snatched the ball against two Chiefs defenders in the end zone as a third defender closed in on him.
He also scored the game’s first points, catching a 7-yard touchdown in the first quarter from Tagovailoa, who rolled left and fired him the ball. Earlier in the drive, Tagovailoa and Gesicki connected for a 14-yard completion on third-and-11 from the Chiefs’ 45-yard line.
Sunday marked Gesicki’s second career two-touchdown effort, matching his feat from last season’s Dec. 22 game against the Bengals. Last week against the same team, he snagged a career-high nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Gesicki, who started the day fourth among NFL tight ends in receiving yards (537), has scored four of his six touchdowns this season in the past three games.
“Me and Mike’s relationship has been growing in practice,” Tagovailoa said. “My relationship with other guys has been growing as well -- timing routes with the guys. Whatever tight end is in there, whatever the receiver is in there, it’s getting better. But regardless of who gets hurt -- it’s sad it had to be Mike, but you really feel for our guys.”
Gesicki, a second-round draft pick (42nd overall) by the Dolphins in 2018 out of Penn State, has not missed a game so far in his career. Should Gesicki miss next week’s game against the Patriots or extended time, the Dolphins are expected to rely more on Adam Shaheen at tight end. Shaheen caught two passes for 26 yards against the Chiefs.