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Miami Dolphins complain to NFL about two crucial calls during loss to Bills

Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh thought officials would whistle this play dead when he had Bills QB Tyrod Taylor in his grasp, but they didn’t and Taylor threw the ball away to avoid the loss.
Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh thought officials would whistle this play dead when he had Bills QB Tyrod Taylor in his grasp, but they didn’t and Taylor threw the ball away to avoid the loss. adiaz@miamiherald.com

The Dolphins have submitted two controversial non-calls involving Ndamukong Suh to the NFL for review, coach Dan Campbell said Wednesday.

The league’s response to the complaints?

“I really don’t want to get into it,” Campbell said.

On consecutive plays during a crucial part of Sunday’s loss to the Bills, officials made questionable decisions that tangibly hurt the Dolphins.

The first: The Bills faced third-and-4 from the Miami 34 in the third quarter, and Suh appeared to have quarterback Tyrod Taylor in his grasp in the backfield. Instead of tossing Taylor to the ground, Suh let up, assuming the officials would whistle the play dead. They did not, and Taylor was allowed to throw the ball away.

(Suh was so incensed about the non-call that he told the officials they need to end the play then or he will “slam the [expletive] out of him next time.” The exchange was caught by a live microphone; Suh told reporters that he heard from his mother about his language, and publicly apologized to her Wednesday.)

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The second disputed play came on the next snap. Buffalo actually had one more third-down chance because Campbell accepted a holding call on the previous play, and the Bills went to the air again. This time, Taylor connected with Sammy Watkins for a 44-yard touchdown — but not before Suh was obviously held by the Bills. The officials did not throw the flag, however.

The touchdown stretched the Bills’ lead to 12 points, and the Dolphins did not threaten again.

The league would not comment on the disputed plays; judgment calls such as holding are handled within the officials’ standard evaluation system.

▪ The Dolphins’ offensive line was without two starters Wednesday as RT Ja’Wuan James (toe) and RG Billy Turner (knee) did not practice. LB Spencer Paysinger (neck) also sat out.

Six Dolphins were limited in their participation: TE Jordan Cameron (hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (ankle), S Jordan Kovacs (knee), LB Koa Misi (foot), WR DeVante Parker (foot) and DT Jordan Phillips (knee).

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