Dolphins lose nose tackle Ferguson

Miami Dolphins nose tackle Jason Ferguson was carted to the locker room with an apparent knee injury suffered on the final play of the third quarter Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers.

Carolina has been abusing Miami on the run, rolling up 162 yards already. Ferguson's injury will sting. The way he left the field and the expression on his face suggested the injury could be significant.

He's not as good as a Vince Wilfork or a Kris Jenkins, but he's in that 3-4 mold, a run stopper who can absorb multiple blockers.

The Dolphins went into Thursday's game without backup defensive tackle Paul Soliai because of an ankle injury.