Even though we finally heard what was happening with Ryan Tannehill’s mysterious shoulder injury and it made sense how he went from practicing to out for multiple weeks, the NFL fined the Miami Dolphins for an injury report violation anyway.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the Dolphins were fined $30,000 and coach Adam Gase was fined $15,000 for misreporting Tannehill’s injury before an Oct. 14 game against the Chicago Bears. Tannehill was listed as practicing in full all week, then on the day of the game there were suddenly reports he wouldn’t play. He didn’t play that week, and still hasn’t returned to the lineup.
How the Dolphins handled it was enough to draw the fine.
Dolphins fined for one incorrect practice designation
Tannehill has an injured capsule in his right shoulder, as reported by the Miami Herald. That causes pain long after workouts. So it made sense that Tannehill could have practiced in full, then had concern when he still didn’t feel right hours later and it didn’t clear up by the end of the day that Friday.
So why the fine? Rapoport said it was for listing Tannehill as a full participant in the Thursday practice before the Bears game. Presumably the NFL investigated, found that Tannehill missed some reps in that practice and that was enough to give the Dolphins and Gase a fine. There’s a reason NFL teams have long injury report lists.
The fine wasn’t a hefty one, by NFL standards, especially for an injury report violation. But it was enough to remind the rest of the league that misreporting injuries is not something the NFL will let slide.
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