Thursday, November 19, 2009
Porter makes loud first-half statement
By Tim Graham
Miami outside linebacker Joey Porter didn't waste any time making his presence felt. A week after head coach Tony Sparano deactivated him, Porter already has five tackles and two sacks at halftime of Thursday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.
For the first time in nearly three weeks, he made a tackle. And for the first time since Week 3 he registered a full sack. Both plays came on the game's opening drive. He tackled DeAngelo Williams on the first play from scrimmage and dropped Jake Delhomme for a 4-yard loss to force a field goal after 11 plays.
Porter, who led the AFC in sacks a season ago, got to Delhomme again in the second quarter. It's Porter's first two-sack game since Week 14 of last season.
Porter was shut out against the New England Patriots in Week 8 (even though he faced rookie tackle Sebastian Vollmer most of the day) and was benched for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.