Sep 21, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Dan Marino prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
In October of 1993 Dan Marino led the Miami Dolphins onto the field against the Cleveland Browns. Late in the first half he dropped back to pass and buckled to the ground untouched. Marino was carted off the field and it was later revealed that he had torn his Achilles tendon. Entering the game the Dolphins were 3-1 and coming off conference championship loss the year before. Miami was expected to challenge the Buffalo Bills for the AFC title again in 93.
Marino would miss the rest of the season and the Dolphins would lose back-up Scott Mitchell four weeks later. With Marino and Mitchell both sidelined, the Dolphins would lean on Doug Pederson and sign Steven DeBerg later in the year. Despite the addition of DeBerg, the Dolphins would lose the last five games of the season and finish a disappointing 9-7 missing the playoffs.
Marino would return in 1994 and lead the Dolphins to a 10-6 record but lose in the divisional round of the post-season.
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