Miami Dolphins

NFL fines Dolphins, Gase for how they reported Tannehill’s shoulder injury

The NFL fined the Dolphins $30,000 and Adam Gase $15,000 for failing to accurately report Ryan Tannehill’s practice participation in the week leading up to Miami’s Week 6 game against the Bears.

Tannehill sat out a few reps in practice that Thursday due to a worsening shoulder injury and should have been listed as a limited participant on the team’s injury report. Instead, the Dolphins listed him as a full participant.

However, the league cleared the Dolphins on the broader investigation into whether they should have downgraded him from questionable to doubtful the day before the Bears game, which was the first of four Tannehill has missed because of the injury. The Dolphins likely would have been slapped with a far stiffer fine if the league discovered wrongdoing.

Tannehill tried to warm up before the game but determined he could not play. The league found that the Dolphins did nothing wrong by keeping him listed as questionable.

“We have been fully cooperative and transparent with the NFL throughout this process,” the Dolphins said in a written statement Wednesday evening. “We received the penalties imposed and will have no further comment.”

Tannehill suffered a capsule injury in his throwing shoulder during a strip-sack by Bengals defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap on Oct. 7 and has not played since.

Tannehill has already been ruled out for this Sunday’s game in Green Bay, meaning he will have missed 25 of the Dolphins’ last 30 games, including playoffs, due to injury.

The Dolphins believe Tannehill will play again this season and are hopeful he returns to action when they face the Colts in Week 12.

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