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Dolphins DE William Hayes Tears ACL in Knee Trying to Not Put Full Body Weight on Raiders QB Derek Carr

The Dolphins have lost a defensive player for likely the rest of the season, all because of the leagues new insane rules regarding hitting quarterbacks.

The player is DE William Hayes, who tore the ACL in his right knee on Sunday in an odd way.

The defense end hurt his knee after a sack of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on third-down, but not on the actual sack, but stopping from putting his body weight on Carr so as to not draw a penalty.

“He was trying to not put body weight on the quarterback,” Miami coach Adam Gase said. “His foot got caught in the ground.”

The new rule has been a drawing a lot of fire, as maybe the biggest spokesperson against it is Packers linebacker Clay Matthews Jr., who was again hit with a flag in Sunday’s loss for Green Bay in Washington.

According to new NFL rule changes, a defender “is responsible for avoiding landing on the quarterback when taking him to the ground.” Violating the rule results in a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.

Gase would not elaborate if stopping his weight is how Hayes tore the knee, but he did go on to say “I’m just telling you what happened. … I’m just telling you what he did.”

It’s only going to get worse the way things are going in the NFL.

Dolphins Quarterback Ryan Tannehill Determined to Come Back Better Than Ever in 2018

When the 2018 season begins, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will start his first regular season game since 2016.

Tannehill felt helpless watching the Dolphins struggle last season. It’s often viewed as cliche when a player says he improved while watching, but Tannehill’s explanation goes beyond film study. Time away has prompted him to approach his job differently, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

“I am enjoying the moments,” Tannehill said. “Enjoying the process. Enjoying the grind. Enjoying the relationships. At the end of the day, doing what I love. I love competing. I love playing the position. And everything it entails. I love winning. How many guys can say they get to do this on a day-to-day basis?”

“I truly believe I’m in a better position than I ever have been,” Tannehill said. “Playing with more confidence. Excited. I think I had to go through the things I had to go through to get to where I am today. Obviously — obviously I kind of wish I could have been where I am now five years ago.”

Tannehill believes, without hesitation, he’s about to embark on the best year of his career.

“Totally believe that,” Tannehill said. “Totally believe that. I am more prepared than I have ever been. To play the position. Everything it encompasses. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. I’m more solid than I’ve ever been. I’m more consistent fundamentally than I’ve ever been.”

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker Dealing with Broken Finger

Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker is dealing with a broken finger middle finger on his right hand according to Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post.

Schad reports the team is “hopeful” he will be ready for Week 1 but head coach Adam Gase would not go that far in his Tuesday press conference. Any time lost is a big blow for a player who was already struggling in camp but Parker’s draft pedigree assures his spot on the roster. A guaranteed spot in the starting lineup is not such a sure thing, however, as Parker’s injury couple with Kenny Stills’ ankle injury should give wideout Albert Wilson every opportunity to climb the depth chart.

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Dolphins Expected Soon to Choose a New Training Complex Site

The Dolphins are soon expected to choose one of two sites for a new training complex after the Miami-Dade County Commission voted Tuesday to subsidize a move to suburban Miami Gardens.

Commissioners voted in support of a proposed site next to the Dolphins’ stadium in north Miami-Dade County. The Dolphins are also considering a site in Miramar, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County.

The Dolphins’ training headquarters have been at Nova University in Broward since 1993. The team wants to build a larger complex expected to cost up to $75 million.

Construction would be privately financed. But the county commission voted to increase by more than $50 million the maximum amount of tax money the Dolphins receive for large sporting events held at their stadium over the next several decades, with the higher subsidies contingent on the complex being built in Miami-Dade.

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino was among the Dolphins officials on hand for the commission vote.

A decision by the Dolphins regarding relocation is expected soon. The new complex is projected to open before the start of the 2020 season.

Dolphins Waive Offensive Tackle Sean Hickey

The Dolphins today announced they have waived tackle Sean Hickey, who spent all of last season on the teams practice squad.

Hickey originally joined the Dolphins on Aug. 15, 2017. Throughout his NFL career, he’s also spent stints on the practice squads of Minnesota (2016), N.Y. Jets (2016), New England (2015) and New Orleans (2015). Hickey originally joined the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with New Orleans on May 4, 2015 after starting three seasons (2012-14) at Syracuse.

New WR Danny Amendola’s Work Ethic Impressing Dolphins Coach Adam Gase

Dolphins coach Adam Gase is raving about veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola’s impact on the team, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Apparently, Amendola’s work ethic has been quite impressive so far.

“It’s one of those values that I don’t think you can put a price on,” Gase said on Pro Football Talk Live on Wednesday morning.

“He’s been great in our locker room. I think the guys watch him work on the field and in the weight room and they understand why he’s played as long as he has, why he’s had success in big situations.”

Amendola was undrafted out of Texas Tech in 2008 but worked his way into a prime role with New England the last five years, becoming a postseason standout.

Gase said Amendola, a 32-year-old, nine-year veteran, is setting an example for others.

“Any time you can get a guy who can not only produce for you but can be a great example for other guys in your locker room, he’s making other guys better,” Gase said. “He makes 24 other offensive guys better if they watch him work.”

Dolphins Chatting with Former Redskins Defensive Tackle Terrell McClain

The Dolphins are hosting another veteran defensive tackle on a free-agent visit despite Thursday’s trade that delivered Akeem Spence, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

According to a league source, Terrell McClain, who was released by the Redskins this week one season after signing a four-year, $21 million deal, is visiting the Dolphins this weekend.

McClain, a University of South Florida product who contributed 20 tackles and two sacks as a rotational player in Washington, is searching for a new home for his eighth season.

McClain, who has recorded 110 tackles, 6.5 sacks and forced three fumbles throughout his career, has moved around a lot during his NFL career, playing for five different teams. He spent three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before joining Washington, and has started 29 games during his career.