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DAVIE (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins defense has been earning more and more respect around the league as they continue to play at a high level, forcing turnovers and keeping the opposition off the scoreboard.

The Dolphins secondary has really turned a corner in recent weeks, and a member of that unit was recognized by the NFL after turning in a stellar performance against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers last Sunday.

The league announced on Wednesday that Miami cornerback Brent Grimes has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 9 of the NFL season.

Grimes had a big game against the Chargers, accumulating two interceptions, three tackles, one of which was for a loss, and two passes defended.

This was the second time in Grimes’ eight year career that he intercepted more than one pass in a single game.

Grimes leads the Dolphins with four interceptions on the season, ranking him second in the NFL behind Cleveland’s Tashaun Gipson, who has six.

This is the second time in Grimes’ career that he has been named Player of the Week, as he was also recognized in Week 15 of the 2010 NFL season while he was still a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

For the second straight week a member of the Miami Dolphins secondary has earned Player of the Week honors, as last week it was safety Louis Delmas.

The last time the Dolphins earned a Player of the Week nod in consecutive weeks was in 2005 when Jason Taylor, Chris Chambers and Zach Thomas were honored in Week’s 12, 13 and 14, respectively.

Watch Miami take on the Detroit Lions this Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS4, your official Dolphins station! 

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