Earlier today, it was reported that the Miami Dolphins coaching staff had benched Mike Wallace for the second half of their season ending loss to the New York Jets. According to former Dolphins beat writer and current NFL Network reporter Jeff Darlington, it did not happen exactly like that.
Wallace walked off the field and basically quit:
So I’ve spoken to enough Dolphins sources to have a clear understanding of situation with Mike Wallace. Here it is in three quick tweets:— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 29, 2014
Wallace wasn’t "benched," according to several sources. It wasn’t initially "coach’s decision." Wallace told Philbin he didn’t want to play.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 29, 2014
After Clay scored with 2:49 left in 1st half, Mike Wallace came off the field and told Joe Philbin he no longer wanted to play in the game.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 29, 2014
Many Dolphins teammates were very displeased with Wallace’s actions today. Several tell me they felt like he abandoned them when needed.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 29, 2014
This will be an ongoing saga for the Dolphins as they move into the offseason. Will Wallace be able to mend fences and come back to the Dolphins, or will general manager Dennis Hickey and head coach Joe Philbin start looking for a way to rid themselves of Wallace despite his huge contract?