The NFL is investigating how the Dolphins handled quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s shoulder injury, according to the Miami Herald.
The issue that arose was how the team reported Tannehill’s practice report last week. Coach Adam Gase said Tannehill was sore Monday and Tuesday of last week and practiced on a limited basis, but then was a full participant Wednesday.
Gase said Thursday that Tannehill’s shoulder appeared worse and eventually led to the decision to keep him out of Sunday’s win over the Bears.
“He was starting to feel better and then we went out and practiced on Wednesday and he was sore but he was fine,” Gase told reporters after the victory. “And then Thursday kind of came around and it just kind of got progressively worse as far as his ability to really throw the ball the way he wanted to. So we kind of were just making contingency plans in case it just didn’t get any better.”
However, Tannehill was listed as a full participant in Thursday’s practice, which caught the NFL’s eye. Per the league’s rules, a full participant in practice means that player took 100 percent of his reps. Gase said backup Brock Osweiler took first-team reps Thursday.
Another issue that arose was the Dolphins listed Tannehill as “questionable” on Friday, when many news outlets reported that he was “doubtful.”
It goes against NFL policy to not be transparent with injury reports. If the Dolphins are found culpable of these mistakes, they may receive a fine from the front office.