Welcome home, Cliff Odom. The Miami linebacker, cut by Indianapolis last spring, recovered a fumble for a touchdown and made a vicious sideline tackle that knocked quarterback Jack Trudeau out for the season as the Dolphins beat the Colts 27-7 Sunday.
"Jack's a good friend of mine. I didn't want him to be hurt," Odom said. "It's unfortunate it happened. I hate for anybody to be hurt."
The touchdown by Odom came on a recovery of a fumbled snap that Trudeau took from his 1-yard line. It wasn't a payback for being cut after eight years with the Colts, said Odom, a former Colts defensive captain who led the team in tackles for two seasons.
It was the fourth straight victory for Miami (6-1), its longest winning streak in five years.
Trudeau sustained a torn ligament in his right knee, and rookie Jeff George went out with a bruised left knee on a sack by Karl Wilson late in the third quarter. That left veteran Joe Ferguson, a backup for the Tampa Buccaneers last year, as the only healthy quarterback for Indianapolis (2-5).
Eric Dickerson, playing in just his second game since rejoining the Colts, was held to 27 yards on 10 carries, ending a streak of six straight 100-yard games against the Dolphins.
A pass interception of Ferguson by Liffort Hobley on the final play of the third quarter set up Miami's final touchdown, a 2-yard run by Tony Paige that completed a 14-play, 70-yard drive.
Earlier, Pete Stoyanovich kicked two field goals, and Jim Jensen caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Dan Marino, who hit 21 of 29 for 161 yards for the game.
The Dolphins' defense, meanwhile, limited Indianapolis to 32 yards rushing and 117 yards passing from its trio of quarterbacks.
Odom's touchdown, the first of his 10-year career, came on the second play against the Colts, who left him on the unprotected free-agent list last spring.
Midway through the period, Jarvis Williams made the first of his two pass interceptions for Miami, but on the Dolphins' first play, Paige fumbled a pass from Marino and Chris Goode returned the ball 54 yards for the Colts' only touchdown.
Sunday's best by the numbers
PASSING Com Att Int Yds TD
Warren Moon, Oilers 30 43 0 381 1
T. Rosenbach, Cards 18 30 0 256 2
Rodney Peete, Lions 16 25 0 246 1
Troy Aikman, Cowboys 22 41 1 233 1
Rich Gannon, Vikings 19 41 5 231 1
Jim Kelly, Bills 14 20 0 208 1
RUSHING Att Yds TD
Thurman Thomas, Bills 22 135 1
Brad Muster, Bears 12 99 0
John Stephens, Patriots 19 93 0
Rueben Mayes, Saints 15 64 0
RECEIVING Rec Yds TD
Anthony Carter, Vikings 9 141 1
Robert Clark, Lions 6 127 1
Al Toon, Jets 7 119 1
Jay Novacek, Cowboys 7 105 1
Curtis Duncan, Oilers 7 99 0
Ron Morris, Bears 3 93 1
Haywood Jeffires, Oilers 8 89 1
Eric Metcalf, Browns 6 76 0