Leave it to the Dolphins to help spice up an otherwise boring afternoon.
The 0-7 team, which should have better things to worry about the day before a game against the surging Chiefs in Kansas City, has issued a statement refuting not a published report or something from a national TV broadcast but an apparent off-the-cuff remark made by former NFL quarterback Jim Miller on a Miami radio station.
Via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Miller said on 640 Sports that Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne “packed it in” after suffering a shoulder injury earlier this year. Writes Salguero, “Miller said Henne knew the Dolphins weren’t going to re-sign him and therefore he decided not to risk further injuring himself longterm.”
Amazingly, the Dolphins saw fit to respond.
“The report that Chad Henne should have played with his injury is totally false and the speculation of the nature of that injury is not correct,” said the team in a statement. “The medical staff made it clear to Chad that he could not play with his injury and that his only option was surgery.”
It’s not the first time Miller has made a few waves. Last year, he reported (or maybe didn’t) that former Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels said then-current Vikings coach Brad Childress is “clueless.” Miller later retracted the report, and Rosenfels strongly denied to PFT that he ever said anything to Miller about Childress.
In this instance, it’s unclear whether Miller is expressing an opinion or sharing inside information. Either way, why do the Dolphins care? As Salguero points out, Henne won’t be back next year. And he won’t be back this year. So none of it matters.
Unless, of course, the team is so concerned about being accused of a “Suck for Luck” agenda that it is poised to pounce on any shred of direct or circumstantial evidence that could be used to support a case that the team deliberately tried to make itself non-competitive. Given the gap between Henne and Matt Moore, any suggestion that Henne was shut down when maybe he shouldn’t have been will be enough to make the Dolphins more than a little nervous.