MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Ramsey returned from a knee surgery after just three months of rehab, made his Miami Dolphins debut Sunday and intercepted Patriots quarterback Mac Jones in the second quarter.
Ramsey, who missed the first seven games of the season after undergoing surgery in July to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, was activated from injured reserve Saturday and wasted no time to make an impact.
Down 14-7, the Patriots moved the ball to the Miami 23 when Ramsey intercepted Jones on a pass intended for receiver Kendrick Bourne and returned it 49 yards to the New England 40. Ramsey had not been targeted before the play.
The Dolphins turned the interception into a 30-yard field goal by Jason Sanders that put them ahead 17-7 at halftime.
Ramsey also made a hard open-field tackle on running back Ezekiel Elliott that jarred the ball loose before it rolled out of bounds earlier in the quarter.
Miami acquired Ramsey in an offseason trade with the Los Angeles Rams, but he injured his knee during the second practice of training camp. He had 88 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks for the Rams last season.
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Alanis Thames, The Associated Press