MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Cameron Wake sacked Andy Dalton for a safety with 6:38 left in overtime, and the Miami Dolphins beat the Cincinnati Bengals 22-20 on Thursday night.
On third-and-10 from the 8, Dalton retreated to the goal line and was tackled by Wake coming up the middle for the third overtime safety in NFL history. The officials signaled safety, and the call was upheld following a replay review.
Miami’s Caleb Sturgis forced overtime when he made a 44-yard field goal with 11 seconds left.
The Dolphins led 17-3 after Brent Grimes’ 94-yard interception return in the third quarter, then lost the lead after Cincinnati reeled off 17 straight points – including a spectacular 35-yard touchdown run by Giovani Bernard in the fourth quarter.
Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin left the team this week to receive professional assistance for emotional issues, a person familiar with the situation said, and he did not play Thursday night.
49ers activate linebacker
All-Pro 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was activated to the 53-man roster from the non-football injury list, two days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities as he faces weapons charges.
One of San Francisco’s dynamic pass rushers appears ready to return.
Smith had been undergoing rehab at an in-patient facility for substance abuse since late September and missed five games. With San Francisco (6-2) on its bye this week, Smith could resume practicing and working out on his own, then formally practice next week ahead of a Nov. 10 home game against Carolina.
Smith was charged Oct. 9 with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.
Around the league
Buffalo quarterback Thad Lewis (ribs) missed his second straight practice and remains questionable for Sunday’s game against Kansas City. Jameel McClain will remain Baltimore’s starting weak-side linebacker against Cleveland, defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. McClain was sidelined six games by a spinal cord injury. Brandon Meriweather issued an apology by proxy, with the head of the NFL players’ union releasing a statement saying that the Washington safety is sorry over comments made about targeting opponents’ knees.