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Dolphins place safety Isa Abdul-Quddus on IR with neck injury

The Miami Dolphins placed starting safety Isa Abdul-Quddus on injured reserve Wednesday, which ends his season.

Abdul-Quddus suffered a neck injury Sunday in the overtime win against the Buffalo Bills.

Abdul-Quddus was quietly one of Miami's best free-agent pickups in the offseason. He started 15 games and finished with 78 tackles and two interceptions. The safety also played his best football and took on a leadership role in the secondary when former Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.

The Dolphins are now without their two starting safeties from Week 1. Backup and special teams captain Michael Thomas will replace Abdul-Quddus, while veteran safety Bacarri Rambo replaced Jones.

Miami (10-5) qualified for the playoffs and will play either the Pittsburgh Steelers or Houston Texans in the wild-card round. The Dolphins will host the New England Patriots in the regular-season finale on Sunday.