MINNEAPOLIS—This isn’t an ideal situation for the Dolphins, but for now, they’ll press forward assuming Jarvis Landry can keep playing.
Landry is under investigation by the Broward County State Attorney’s Office and the NFL, and any potential league penalties are not contingent upon what the legal system determines. The NFL said Thursday it is still reviewing the incident, and Dolphins coach Adam Gase said the team has “no idea” whether to be optimistic about how the situation will be resolved.
“It’s a league matter,” he said after the team won 30-9 at Minnesota. “There’s nothing really we can do about it. We are just waiting to hear what the league says to us, and then we can move on from there.”
The uncertainty for Gase likely lies in the fact that the NFL can rule the incident as a violation of its code of conduct regardless of whether Landry is charged. If the league hands down a penalty, Landry has the right to appeal.
Landry said last month he did nothing wrong—“Exactly,” he said when asked to clarify definitively whether that’s his position—and has been open with the organization about the situation from the onset.
His girlfriend, Estrella Cerqueira, issued a statement saying it was no more than “a vocal argument” and said she “was not in any way physically harmed.” She asked that the media stop spread what she called “a completely false story.”
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department was called when the incident took place, April 1, but Cerqueira wasn’t the one who called 911 and did not believe it was necessary. The police report lists no actual weapons involved.
Landry, who is set to hit free agency after the season, is an essential piece of Miami’s offense. He led the team with 94 catches and 1,136 receiving yards last year.
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