Cornerback Byron Maxwell being benched was one of several lineup changes the Miami Dolphins elected to make prior to Thursday night’s game with the Cincinnati Bengals.
In Maxwell’s place, the Dolphins started second-year cornerback Tony Lippett instead.
According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, Maxwell said he was told early in the week that he would not be starting against the Bengals. He ultimately didn’t end up playing a snap – on defense or special teams – joining Matt Moore and Dallas Thomas as the only Dolphins not to play.
So what was his reaction to the decision?
“It doesn’t matter,” Maxwell said.
Maxwell said it didn’t matter if he was angry about the decision or not either.
Lippett unsurprisingly struggled against one of the premier wide receivers in the league in A.J. Green.
Green caught 10 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins as Lippett was frequently the target of Cincinnati’s attack.
Miami acquired Maxwell via a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason and he started the first three games for the team before being sat against the Bengals.