The performance of Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard already was sufficiently impressive to land him the AFC defensive player of the week award. The performance becomes more impressive with the knowledge that he played on Monday night against the Patriots with the flu.

He told reporters on Friday that the bug hit him on Monday morning.

“I was throwing up mostly like water and I had taken some Pedialyte, so I was just throwing that up,” Howard said, adding that he had two IVs to help replenish his fluids. He remained sick during the game.