Brent Grimes has apologized to Ryan Tannehill for the explosive — and potentially locker-room splitting — comments made by his wife Miko in recent days.
But when peppered with questions from reporters Wednesday, Grimes struck a more defiant tone.
"I've said this plenty of times: My wife is my wife," he said. "She talks. We don't speak the same things. That’s her. ... My wife’s opinions are her opinions. They're not my opinions. I really don’t understand why you ask me about my wife’s opinions. It's not mine."
Tannehill, meanwhile, tried to defuse the mushrooming controversy, which has been the talk of South Florida — and even beyond — since Miko Grimes went on a profanity-laced Twitter tirade against the Dolphins' fourth-year quarterback.
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"Honestly, at this point, I've heard what she said and I really don't want to give it the time of day," Tannehill said. "It doesn't affect what I think about myself, the way I go about my business and prepare to win games. The saddest part about this whole thing is we have to answer questions about it and it's becoming a distraction for this organization and this team. Other than that, it's just business as usual. Nothing's changed for me."
Miko Grimes has long been a vocal critic of Tannehill, but ramped up the intensity and frequency on Twitter this week.
After the Dolphins' 18-12 loss to the Colts Sunday, Miko Grimes wrote on Twitter that she knew Tannehill "stunk the minute we signed to this team but I tried to keep quiet so I didn't discourage [her husband] from believing in his team."
Miko Grimes also wrote that she heard that the Dolphins' offense didn't complete a single pass in two-minute drills last week, and that the whole team "hated" Tannehill.
This is information that she obviously couldn't know firsthand. Someone on the team told her. But her husband protested: "I don't know where she got it from."
Wherever Miko getting her information, she apparently needs a better source. Dolphins coach Dan Campbell said the team didn't even run their two-minute package in practice last week.
Campbell added that he thinks "the locker room is fine" and that players respect and play for Tannehill.
When asked about his level of support among his teammates Wednesday, Tannehill responded:
"I feel like I have support. You can ask around and gather your own opinion. I feel confident about the support I have and the guys that are behind me."
It's hard to square Miko Grimes' assertion that Tannehill is hated with the fact that his teammates have long been both publicly and privately supportive, even after four straight years out of the playoffs.
People close to the situation say that Tannehill is an introvert and might not have a ton of close friends on the team, but that he is far from hated. They respect his toughness.
So what does Brent Grimes think of Tannehill?
"He's our quarterback. He's a quarterback. He make plays. That’s what he has to do. That’s the guy we go out with every Sunday. That’s my guy and that’s my teammate."
Grimes, likewise, said that he's talked to others in the locker room, and they don't have a problem with him.
It's clear that he has some support, at least among his fellow defensive backs. During Grimes' three-minute Q&A at his locker, his teammates tried to drown out reporters' questions by yelling in support.
▪ Campbell said that of the four injured Dolphins starters — presumably Mike Pouncey, Ja'Wuan James, Earl Mitchell and Rishard Matthews — James has the best chance of playing Sunday against the Patriots.
You could add Jelani Jenkins to that list too. Jenkins (ankle), Mitchell (calf) and Pouncey (foot/ankle) all were unable to practice Wednesday.
James (toe), meanwhile, practiced fully. Matthews (ribs) was limited in his participation, as were Jamil Douglas (ankle), Jarvis Landry (knee) and Kenny Stills (thigh).
Tannehill (thigh/knee) practiced without limitation Wednesday.