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Dolphins rule out Davis, Merling for non-injury reasons


Vontae Davis‘ hamstring has been an issue for weeks and he was already expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.

He will miss the game, but the Dolphins officially said the reason was for “non-injury” reasons. Defensive end Philip Merling, who has made almost no impact this year, was also ruled out for non-injury reasons according to a Dolphins press release.

The designation by the team indicates that Davis and Merling broke some sort of team policy.

In Davis’ case, there seems to be some disagreement about the handling of his injury.   Jeff Darlington of wrote earlier Saturday that “many around” Davis advised him against practicing this week.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports Davis has been frustrated by the team’s treatment of his injury. The club also sounds frustrated with Davis’ slow rate of recovery.

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26 Responses to “Dolphins rule out Davis, Merling for non-injury reasons”
  1. skoobyfl says: Nov 5, 2011 7:28 PM

    Free hubcaps in Miami from the wheels that fell off , lol.

  2. wannstache says: Nov 5, 2011 7:47 PM

    You people still think Bill Cowher wants to come to this ass-backwards organization?

  3. rickditka says: Nov 5, 2011 8:00 PM

    nobody seems to talk about the failure that is Bill Parcells

  4. derekjetersmansion says: Nov 5, 2011 8:16 PM

    @ rickditka

    Chad Henne wasn”t supposed to be that terrible.

  5. coolheir says: Nov 5, 2011 8:20 PM

    Remember that “Feed the wolf” crapola? Dolphins = wolf food

  6. david7590 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:21 PM


    If you think about it its been slowly down hill for Parcells. He won the Super Bowl with the Giants, lost the Super Bowl with the Patriots, lost the AFC title game with the Jets, got to the playoff and couldn’t win with the Cowboys, and now left the Dolphins in total chaos.

  7. otis52gsh says: Nov 5, 2011 8:32 PM

    Does it really matter?

  8. sfgamblers says: Nov 5, 2011 8:34 PM

    Suck for Luck baby!!

  9. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 5, 2011 9:00 PM

    How does “Out for non-injury reasons” automatically mean “Dude’s an f-up?” I am sure that is used by teams to save face but the guy could have the flu or chicken pox or something.

  10. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 5, 2011 9:08 PM

    “Non-injury reasons”….trying to win?

  11. frankdatank23 says: Nov 5, 2011 9:13 PM

    well thats it, im starting the young jon baldwin this week…… without davis, miami has by far the worst secondary in the league.

  12. buffalodiehard says: Nov 5, 2011 9:14 PM

    Do non-injury reasons include tanking for the top pick in the draft?

  13. promickey says: Nov 5, 2011 9:15 PM

    The ESPN analysts Ditka and Johnson can try and protect Parcells all they want. But the house that Parcells built in Miami is made up of players who are weak with excuses each game. Parcells evidently went after spoiled groceries!

  14. andyreidisfat says: Nov 5, 2011 9:19 PM

    Luck is going to suck if he goes to play for the mess that is the dolphins

  15. mrnickles says: Nov 5, 2011 9:31 PM

    One half of the self-proclaimed best CB duo in football…

    Man, that just never gets old.

  16. staffordsyear says: Nov 5, 2011 10:01 PM

    Hey here’s. a joke..the dolphins…lol.

  17. senky3 says: Nov 5, 2011 10:20 PM

    someone needs to explain to me how Luck is a lock to succeed. there have been soooo many sure things that have flopped. i will laugh my butt off at the team that tanks for a draft choice and have luck be the next russell.

  18. FinFan68 says: Nov 5, 2011 10:29 PM

    At 0-7 it is easy to see who cares and who doesn’t. I don’t know what these guys did (or didn’t do) but if it has to do with poor attitudes, I am glad they are at least trying to do something about it. I’m still wondering why they let Merling back on the team in the first place. Davis still has hammy issues and so does the RB. They should sit them until they are fully healed as hamstring injuries linger/recur more often than not.

  19. cmr123 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:41 PM

    Just curious if anybody saw the Ref grad the coin out of the air in the alabama/lsu game for the start of OT, i have never seen a game where they didnt let the ball hit the ground.

    if you flip a coin and want to grad heads or tails it is very easy, try it. I didnt care who one the game but it seems odd that the ref grabbed the coin. wondering if he did at the start of the game.

  20. cantonbound13 says: Nov 6, 2011 12:15 AM

    Merling is just another example of Parcells/Ireland draft day failures. Other early picks that were busts include: Pat White, Patrick Turner, Shawn Murphy, Donald Thomas, Sean Smith, John Nalbone, John Jerry, A.J. Edds, Nolan Carroll, Edmund Gates & Charles Clay.
    Very sad. I think it’s obvious we need to fire the GM before anyone else.

  21. stevemo says: Nov 6, 2011 12:19 AM

    Davis is a very good corner when he’s healthy… too bad hasn’t been healthy all year. This guy is a huge asset to the Dolphins defense as he’s also pretty good against the run.

  22. firedup1 says: Nov 6, 2011 12:29 AM

    It should be a nice day at Arrowhead tomorrow for KC.

  23. silverhornet says: Nov 6, 2011 1:05 AM

    and the ball is once again in your court Indy…

  24. drunkenagitator says: Nov 6, 2011 1:57 AM

    They’re not tanking, they’re just a bad, bad team. A poor HC, terrible QB’s and a lousy roster full of dumb draft picks, weak FA signings and stupid trades; that’s why they’re winless. No mystery there.

  25. arrogantathlete says: Nov 6, 2011 6:50 AM

    The dolphins rule out the rest of the season.

  26. captaintriumph says: Nov 6, 2011 8:48 AM

    Isn’t it obvious that the Dolphins and Colts are both trying to lose to get Luck? Heck, Indy’s owner admitted it. It would be a shame if Indy could be great for like 10+ years…then suck on purpose for 1 year and get Luck. We need a lottery!!!

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