Dolphins’ Christian Wilkins ejected for throwing a punch vs. Bills
The Miami Dolphins have had plenty of problems this season. You can add “controlling emotions” to that list. According to Ian Rapoport, Christian Wilkins was ejected for throwing a punch versus the Buffalo Bills.
That was fast: #Dolphins DT Christian Wilkins was ejected for throwing a punch in the first quarter.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 20, 2019
The Dolphins are desperate to get their first win of the season and emotions are running high. At the same time, you can’t allow your emotions to get the best of you—especially in a game against a divisional rival.
On the play, Wilkins was engaged with an offensive lineman and both players were shoving each other. Then, after a slight push from the Bills’ lineman, Wilkins balled his fist and hit him in the facemask. Without any hesitation, yellow flags surrounded the rookie defensive end and he was ejected.
Wilkins, Miami’s first-round pick of this year’s draft, made a rookie mistake and punched an offensive lineman of the Bills. It has to be one of the fastest ejections in NFL history with Wilkins having to leave the field just two plays into the game.
So far this season, Wilkins has started in all six games for the Dolphins at defensive end. The Clemson product has totaled 18 tackles and a pass deflection in his six starts.
Now, with him making an early appearance to the locker room, Taco Charlton will likely join the starters on defense. Charlton signed with Miami after the Dallas Cowboys released him earlier in the season.
There’s no doubt that Wilkins can use this ejection as a learning experience moving forward in his career.