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 NFL.com 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.