Veteran linebacker Donnie Spragan has filled in for Crowder in the past two games, but his snaps have been limited by a recurring neck injury.
Because of Thomas' age (34) and his history of concussions, Crowder is expected to be his successor. However, Crowder, too, has a history of knee surgeries dating back to his University of Florida days. While Crowder has seemed more comfortable in the middle this season, he has not shown Thomas' big-play ability. In three seasons, Crowder has no interceptions and only three forced fumbles (none this season).
With Crowder out and Spragan also ailing, expect undrafted rookies Edmond Miles and Courtney Bryan to fill in. Miles has shown speed and excellent lateral pursuit in run support, while former reserve linebacker Derrick Pope has been solid with 41 tackles.
-- The Dolphins ended the longest losing streak (16) in the NFL since 1990 and avoided being the third NFL team to start a season 0-14 (1976 Bucs and 1980 Saints). "It was high school-like," K Jay Feely said. "You don't see that in the NFL a whole lot. But when you are looking at infamy and you are staring it in the face and everyone says, 'You're going to go 0-16,' no one wants to be part of that. You find a way to get a win in a game where it looked like we had thrown it away again. It was just elation."
-- The Dolphins are 1-1 in overtime this season and 14-19-1 overall.
-- DE Jason Taylor's two sacks gave him 10 for the season, giving him six 10-plus-sack seasons in his career and three in a row. Taylor's blocked field goal was the second of his career. "We actually had a few chances throughout the season," Taylor said. "In the Jets game, we had a chance to block a few and for whatever reason I didn't block them. Today, I think Derrick Pope blew the tight end up and gave me a seam to get in, and I just tried to get around and get a hand up. It ended up being pretty good for us just before the half to stop that scoring drive."
-- WR Marty Booker's 11-yard catch in the third quarter was the 500th of his career, and he finished with a season-high eight catches for 88 yards.
-- The Dolphins converted 52.6 percent of their third downs (10 of 19), a season high. Their previous best was 50.0 percent, which they had attained on two occasions; on Sept. 16 against Dallas (six of 12) and on Oct. 14 at Cleveland (10 of 14).
-- WR Greg Camarillo had one career catch for two yards before grabbing three catches for 109 yards Sunday, including the game-winning 64-yarder. "I'm just glad we won, and I'll definitely go home and try to watch it on TV, check out 'SportsCenter,' but I'm just glad we got a win and everybody's happy, everybody's smiling," he said.
-- QB Cleo Lemon won his first game as a starter and threw for a career-high 315 yards to garner a career-best 93.4 passer rating. "You've got to realize, when he and I met, we (at the Chargers) pulled him out of the Arena League," Coach Cam Cameron said of Lemon, his former charge with San Diego. "It was just, when no one had heard of him, when he was working at wide receiver on our 'look' squad in San Diego, I remember saying to him one day, 'Your day is going to come. .. He never quit believing in that day, and today was that day."
PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES
-- DE Jason Taylor, who had sprained his ankle a week earlier, re-injured his left foot and sat our some series in the second half and overtime. He also injured his shoulder, and he left the locker room in a walking boot.
-- LG Chris Liwienski, who lost his starting job two weeks ago in the second half of the Jets game, replaced Lekkerkerker after Lekkerkerker was called for a holding penalty that negated a large gain. Lekkerkerker later returned to take over for Shelton.
-- MLB Donnie Spragan, who injured his neck against the Bills, re-injured the neck and was in and out of Sunday's game. He finished with four tackles. Rookie Edmond Miles filled in and had two tackles.