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Jason Taylor says Miami Dolphins bullying scandal “overblown”

 
 
Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas scores a touchdown against the New England Patriots during their game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Dec. 15, 2013. Thomas left the game after re-injuring an ankle and missed practice Tuesday.
Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas scores a touchdown against the New England Patriots during their game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Dec. 15, 2013. Thomas left the game after re-injuring an ankle and missed practice Tuesday.
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When the Dolphins’ bullying scandal was in full bloom, team owner Stephen Ross turned to Jason Taylor for help, asking the retired star to help craft a new locker room code of conduct.

But although the blue-ribbon committee's work won't begin until after investigator Ted Wells releases his report, Taylor might not have that tall of a task.

Speaking at the annual ping-pong tournament benefiting his charitable foundation, Taylor said the controversy was never as big of a deal inside the locker room as it was on the outside.

“I know everyone talks about the whole nonsense that went on,” Taylor said. “I think internally, you could tell it was very overblown outside of the building. Players didn't complain, and it’s great to see them bounce back. It’s no miracle that they’re playing well in spite of this quote-unquote controversy.”

Taylor, whose 131 sacks as a member of the Dolphins are the most in team history, said that his former team is right where it should be: in the driver’s seat to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

As for his event, which was attended by Dolphins players, cheerleaders and other local celebrities, it netted some $40,000 for his foundation.

The money will help South Florida children in need of improved education, health care and quality of life.

“The goal is to impact as many people as we can,” Taylor said.

Martin watching

As for Jonathan Martin, the offensive lineman who has accused his former Dolphins teammates of emotional and physical abuse, he's still keeping an eye on his old club.

After Michael Thomas, who played with Martin at Stanford, picked off Tom Brady’s pass in the end zone Sunday, Martin sent a text message congratulating him.

Thomas said Martin is “definitely” still rooting for the Dolphins.

Thomas’ injury

Lost in the Dolphins’ dramatic win over New England on Sunday: running back Daniel Thomas limped off the field while the Dolphins were making their comeback.

Thomas re-injured the ankle that kept him out of the Jets game. He didn't return, nor did he participate in the team's 80-minute practice Tuesday.

“It's definitely frustrating,” said Thomas, who rushed for 105 yards the week before. “Ankles are so nagging.”

Nate Garner also missed Tuesday's session, but it wasn't clear why. He dressed and played Sunday, although Sam Brenner started for him at left guard.

As for Paul Soliai, he practiced on at least a limited basis Tuesday, two days after injuring his ankle.

• Dolphins players and coaches gave $24,000 worth of toys, clothes and electronics to 125 South Florida kids at the team’s annual holiday party Tuesday.

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