Another Day, Another Award

One day after Chad Pennington was honored as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, Joey Porter got an even bigger award: AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October.

In four games in October, Porter posted 14 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He recorded at least a half sack in each of his four games during the month, and ended the month by two sacks in the final two games, against Baltimore and Buffalo. One of his sacks against Buffalo resulted in a safety.

"I don't want to jinx ourselves here, but they say they (sacks) come in bunches and right now he's been able to get them," said Coach Tony Sparano. "He had one (against Buffalo) on that safety that was a hell of a play. This is not the first time I've seen him do it. ... He's got it going pretty good right now. At some point, his effort kicks in and I think once his effort kicks in that way and he gets it going, he's a hard guy to stop like that. Once he feels like, ‘Hey, I got something going here and I made one', his motor goes and he's a tough guy to stop."

This is the second Player of the Month Award for Porter in his 10-year career. He also earned the honor in October of 2000, when he recorded 17 tackles, seven sacks and two forced fumbles in five games, as he helped the Steelers to a 5-0 record that month.

In addition, Porter is the first Dolphins player to be named AFC Defensive Player of the Month since Jason Taylor in November of 2006, and the first Dolphins linebacker to be honored since Robert Jones in December of 1998.

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