Randy Starks continuing to play after his mother’s death

AP

Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks has not missed a game this season, but he has missed the last two weeks of practice while dealing with the death of his mother.

Although both Starks and the Dolphins have been quiet about the situation and allowed Starks’ family to deal with the matter privately, the Dolphins did announce in each of the last two weeks that Starks was missing practice for non-injury reasons.

Randy’s mom, Beverly Starks, died on December 15 at the age of 54 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Beverly was employed with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service for 25 years and was married to Randy’s father, Randolph Starks Sr., for 35 years.

Randy Starks started the Dolphins’ game against the Jaguars the day after his mother’s death. The Dolphins announced today that Starks will be on the field Sunday for the season finale against the Patriots.