Dolphins DT says he was trying to protect himself in fight

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Akeem Spence says he was trying to protect himself in a fight that led to his ejection for ripping off an opponent's helmet.

Spencer was penalized for unnecessary roughness and ejected in the second quarter of Sunday's win over Oakland following his skirmish with guard Kelechi Osemele.

The incident was doubly costly for Miami. The penalty negated a third-down sack and led to an Oakland field goal. And the Dolphins became short-handed in the front four when ends William Hayes and Andre Branch were sidelined with knee injuries.

Spence says the episode was typical of the Raiders.

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