Dolphins running back Reggie Bush shoved several Bucs players moments after Brandon Marshall committed a costly turnover in the 2nd quarter during Miami’s 17-13 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Miami DE Jason Taylor also got into a boxing match with Bucs offensive tackle James Lee in the third quarter of the contest.
Lee was penalized for the scuffle which occurred after Dolphins linebacker Marvin Mitchell broke up a Josh Freeman pass on 3rd down.
With the anger seething from both sidelines it seemed as if the two teams were competing in a game with playoff implications.
Nonetheless it was Miami’s first preseason loss, and it was a defeat which placed the spotlight on some of the team’s major weaknesses.
However before Marshall committed the fumble, which eventually led to a Bucs touchdown, the Dolphins seemed to have all the momentum.
Chad Henne, who finished the game with 175 yards and a score, completed arguably the best pass of the preseason.
He threw a 60-yard touchdown bomb to Marshall who escaped three defenders after the catch to give Miami the early 7-0 lead.
Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas got most of the snaps with the first team early in the game while newcomer Larry Johnson saw action in the second half.
Miami’s offensive line struggled throughout the contest as defenders seemed to break through easily to reach both Henne and Matt Moore.
Miami’s offense seemed to get worst when the second team got on the field.
The only great offensive plays in the second half seemed to be when Matt Moore connected with Marlon Moore.
Moore completed a 24 and an 18-yard pass to Marlon Moore on consecutive plays.
Moore is hoping to see a lot of playing time as the fourth receiver behind Marshall, Davone Bess and Brian Hartline.
He’s still in a battle with Roberto Wallace who got most of the snaps as the receiver in that spot last season.
For the most part, Miami looked great defensively.
There were some breakdowns with the second team defense but the starters such as DE Kendall Langford and middle linebacker Kevin Burnett put forth solid performances as usual.
Burnett finished the game with five tackles and a pass deflection while Langford nabbed two tackles of his own.
Rookie cornerback Jimmy Wilson also had an impressive outing breaking up several passing plays.
Miami lost the game when Tampa Bay third-string quarterback Rudy Carpenter completed a 7-yard pass to Nathan Overbay with 3:11 left in the fourth quarter.
Down 17-13, Miami failed to get past midfield on the following drive as the Dolphins finished the game on a sour note.
Next up Miami plays host to Dallas in their final preseason contest.