The team came under review following a January 8 incident that saw Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore remain in the AFC wild card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, despite taking a violent hit in the second quarter that caused Moore to bleed from his mouth.
But the team was alerted a further violation could result in enhanced discipline, including a monetary penalty.
During Miami's playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 8th, Moore was hit in the head/chin area by Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree.
Matt Moore missed just one play after a vicious hit to the head against the Steelers.
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However, the National Football League did note that there were no "competitive issues" at play in Miami's decision to let Moore return to the game. Moore's quick return caught the attention of the NFL and the players union and, after a joint investigation, the Dolphins were reprimanded by letter for not "strictly following" the league's concussion protocol.
The announcement doesn't specify the sanction, if any, applicable to the unaffiliated neuro-trauma consultant, who along with the Miami team doctor failed to notice that Moore was bleeding from the mouth and, thus, required an evaluation in the locker room. According to the press release, Moore was bleeding from the mouth, which requires further evaluation under the league's protocol.
"That process (concussion protocol) can take a little while", he said, "so I was just, 'Alright, let's go, let's get it done'". It's troubling that teams are still having a hard time grasping the concussion protocol now that it's been in place for a few seasons.
The Dolphins were also told they must engage their staff in a full review of the protocol and possibly additional education.