Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase will find his pockets just a little bit lighter after this week.
The NFL has fined the Miami Dolphins $30,000 and head coach Adam Gase $15,000 for the team’s handling of Ryan Tannehill’s injury, and more specifically, how the team reported his injury ahead of Week 6’s matchup with the Chicago Bears.
After the game, and inquiry was launched regarding Tannehill’s “questionable” tag for the contest. The Dolphins were cleared in that regard, but were later found in violation of the league’s injury report policies by listing Tannehill as a full participant for the Thursday practice leading up to the game. During the practice, Tannehill took fewer reps than he normally would on account of his ailing shoulder and should have been listed as a limited participant.
In a recently released statement regarding the matter, the team explained, “we have been fully cooperative and transparent with the NFL throughout this process. We received the penalties imposed and will have no further comment.”
Tannehill has been dealing with a capsule injury in his right throwing shoulder that he suffered in Miami’s Week 5 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The injury has limited his ability to make certain passes and has caused pain during practices.
Gase told reporters this week that Tannehill will remain sidelined through the team’s bye next weekend, but both the coaching staff and Tannehill are hopeful that the starting quarterback will be able to return for the Dolphins’ Week 12 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Brock Osweiler has started every game in Tannehill’s absence and has a 2-2 record thus far.
The Dolphins play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field this Sunday at 4:25 pm ET. Osweiler is due to make his fifth consecutive start.