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Report: Dolphins Used 12 Men on Offense After Seeing People Watching Walkthrough

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 29, 2022

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 25: Head coach Mike McDaniel speaks with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins started using 12 men on offense after they discovered people watching their walkthrough practice Wednesday as they geared up for a Thursday Night Football matchup at the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network provided the report:

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The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dolphins?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Dolphins</a> noticed people watching their walkthrough Wednesday in Cincinnati, so they made a sly adjustment: All the clips circulating on Twitter have 12 players on offense. <br><br>Fake plays? Fake routes on real plays? Either way, Mike McDaniel and company staying one step ahead. <a href="https://t.co/wTGKY0Eswh">pic.twitter.com/wTGKY0Eswh</a>

Leaked video of the walkthrough emerged on social media Wednesday, with Barstool Cincinnati notably posting numerous clips from other sources.

An NFL investigation into the matter soon began, but no evidence of a competitive violation was uncovered, per Mark Maske of the Washington Post:

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There is no suspicion of a competitive violation being committed by any team related to the video of the Dolphins' practice yesterday at the University of Cincinnati, the NFL's Brian McCarthy (<a href="https://twitter.com/NFLprguy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFLprguy</a>) says.

The defending AFC champion Bengals will host the undefeated Dolphins at 8:15 p.m. ET from Paycor Stadium.

This is a big matchup for both sides.

The Dolphins are trying to assert themselves as an AFC powerhouse after a hot start. They'll have to do so while traveling on a short week following a dramatic and tiring 21-19 win over the AFC East-rival Buffalo Bills.

Miami notably has a host of players on its injury report for this one, including quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (back/ankle), offensive tackle Terron Armstead (toe), cornerback Xavien Howard (groin/glute) and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (groin). All of those players are questionable, but all are expected to play Thursday, per Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.

Meanwhile, the Bengals are trying to avoid a 1-3 start to their season that's included a pair of losses on walk-off field goals. Quarterback Joe Burrow and his stable of pass-catchers got the team back on track Sunday, however, with a 27-12 road win over the New York Jets.

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