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Report: NFL admits penalty error in Miami’s loss to Ravens

 
 
Miami Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe stretches during practice at the Miami Dolphins Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University on May 21, 2013.
Miami Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe stretches during practice at the Miami Dolphins Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University on May 21, 2013.
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Dolphins coach Joe Philbin acknowledged that his coaching staff identified an illegal field-goal block technique by the Ravens that wasn’t penalized, an oversight the team turned into the league, NFL.com first reported.

The Ravens’ Chris Canty pushed into the back of a teammate on Caleb Sturgis’ missed 57-yard attempt at the end of regulation on Oct. 6 — an infraction that should have resulted in a 15-yard penalty and a re-kick.

The Dolphins were awarded neither, and NFL.com reported the league has since admitted the mistake.

On Tuesday, Philbin declined to get into specifics.

“We turn in plays on a routine basis to the league,” Philbin said. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

The Dolphins lost to the Ravens 26-23.

Ellerbe’s status

Dannell Ellerbe practiced Tuesday after missing the Bills game with a shoulder injury, although he didn’t work during the team drills that were open to the public.

Ellerbe, the Dolphins’ starting inside linebacker, injured his shoulder against the Ravens. Jason Trusnik started in his place against Buffalo, recording six tackles, including one for loss, as the Dolphins held the Bills to 268 yards of total offense.

“[Trusnik] was solid; it was his kind of game,” Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. “They were running the ball inside, and I thought they did a good job, he did a good job communicating.”

Easing back

Nolan Carroll worked instead of Dimitri Patterson with the first team during the early stages of Tuesday’s practice, indicating the Dolphins might continue to ease Patterson back from an injured groin.

Patterson saw 29 snaps from scrimmage Sunday, his first action since sustaining the injury in the season opener.

Patterson had a sack and three tackles against Buffalo, allowing two of the three passes thrown in his direction to be completed.

“Dimitri’s been a slot player for us,” Coyle said. “We have some options with that group right now as we move forward, and now as you start to face certain teams that have more passing weapons like we’re going to see this week coming and the following week, there may be some different combinations of players that we need to take a look at.”

Wake’s knee

Cameron Wake said his injured knee feels “good” after his first extensive action in more than a month but didn’t know if he was on a strict play count moving forward.

Wake saw just 21 defensive snaps Sunday against the Bills, even though Philbin said after the game that the star defensive end was healthy.

“When you’re in, you’re in; when you’re out, you’re out,” Wake said.

“I think we have a great set of guys, where it doesn’t really matter who’s in. Everybody can play to a high level and there’s expectations there, regardless of who it is.”

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