DAVIE—Organized Team Activities are usually pretty low-key for the Dolphins, but apparently their defensive line got a little too hyped in Wednesday’s practice.
There is a strict no-contact policy for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, just as there is for any other quarterback during practice. There’s a little more attention on Tannehill, though, because he’s coming off a season-ending knee injury.
According to defensive end Andre Branch, the linemen were playing a little loosely with Adam Gase’s instructions of “Stay as far away from Ryan Tannehill as possible.” Branch and his cohorts were reprimanded for cutting it too close Wednesday.
“We’ve got a fine line between saying we’ve got the sack and saying it’s not a sack, so we let (Tannehill) know, ‘OK, this one was a sack, but I won’t come back here this close again,’ but if we get close to the quarterback, Gase will definitely let us know,” Branch said this afternoon.
“We didn’t pay that much attention to it when (Gase) said it, but then yesterday we kinda got too close. So we won’t be getting close anymore… We touched him a little bit. Just a little bit. But it won’t happen again.”
Branch delivered that back-and-forth with a laugh and emphasized later that no one ever actually delivered a hit on Tannehill.
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