The Dolphins continue to be without quarterback Ryan Tannehill due to his shoulder injury and now they’re being punished by the NFL for not being forthcoming on how badly he was hurt.
Miami Herald beat writer Armando Salguero had the story first on Wednesday night:
The Miami Dolphins are being fined $30k by NFL following investigation in Ryan Tannehill injury participation status during Thursday practice. Coach Adam Gase being fined $15k.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) November 7, 2018
As we wrote in the aftermath of the game with the Bengals, the Dolphins were being investigated because of how they listed Tannehill on their injury report during the following week. Miami, listed the QB as a full participant in Thursday’s practice, even though it was later revealed that he didn’t throw the ball and that backup quarterback Brock Osweiler took most of the first-team reps.
Further, the Dolphins listed Tannehill as questionable, when they knew he hadn’t practiced on Friday and his shoulder was hurting so badly that he could not throw the ball. Osweiler subsequently started and won the Dolphins wild overtime game over the Bears that week, and has remained the starter ever since.
It turns out that Tannehill has has been unable to play for the past month with the injury, and was once again ruled out by coach Adam Gase onWednesday for Sunday’s game with Green Bay.
The Dolphins finally announced the diagnosis for Tannehill, as an injury to the shoulder capsule. However, they and Tannehill don’t believe that he’s going to have to have surgery and could be back, soon.
Tannehill was also made available to the media for the first time since the injury on Wednesday and talked about the extent of the injury. He revealed to the media that it still hurts for him to even lift his arm above waist level, currently. Tannehill could be seen in the portion of the practice open to the media simulating throws without the football during drills.
Tannehill went on to tell the media that he is optimistic that he will be able to return for the November 25th game with the Colts.
However, by that week of practice, he will have missed nearly two months, and it’s a gamble as to how he will be able to play and more importantly, if he can stay healthy.
Tannehill missed all of 2017 with an ACL tear and the recent injury now calls into question whether Miami shouldn’t explore all options at QB the rest of this year and in the off season.
The NFL also fined the Oakland Raiders $20,000 late last month for failing to disclose the severity of a player’s injury who did not travel with the team to their game in L.A. against the Chargers. Instead of listing the player as out, they left him as doubtful and received a similar fine, as the Dolphins.
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