Late in the 2nd quarter with the Patriots leading the Dolphins 14-7, Dan Koppen was taken off the field on a stretcher with what appeared to be a left knee injury. Replays showed that Miami linebacker Karlos Dansby rolled up on Koppen during the play, causing him to fall back with his leg trapped beneath Dansby. Koppen is replaced at center by Dan Connolly.
The injury to Koppen is another blow to an already thin offensive line that is without a number of key players tonight including Sebastian Vollmer. Despite a poor pre-season, the offensive line has shown good potential so far tonight, not allowing a sack and only being flagged for one holding penalty through the first half.
The word from the Patriots training staff is that Koppen suffered a sprain and that his return tonight would be questionable.