Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis missed his team’s game Sunday, and earlier in the day, there were reports of a confrontation between Davis and receiver Brandon Marshall about Davis showing up late to a team meeting because he had been out late the night before.
Marshall apparently threw a football directly into Davis’ face. Then, Davis, who supposedly wanted to rip off Marshall’s head, had to be restrained by teammates.
According to the Miami Herald, the team believes Davis was drunk the night before the altercation and that he smelled like alcohol when he arrived hung-over at the team facility.
Coach Tony Sparano, after the team’s first win of the season, declined to elaborate on the reason why Davis wasn’t in uniform.
"I’m not going to get into any of that," coach Tony Sparano said. "You guys know that. Vontae is obviously not here. What goes on in those locker room doors will stay between me and Vontae.”
But when reporters approached Marshall, who caught eight passes for 106 yards and a score, he didn’t mind talking a bit more.
“Yeah, one of the reasons why we’re standing here with a W is because the guys in our locker room, we hold each other accountable," Marshall said. "Vontae is a special player. He’s one of the best players on our team. We look forward to getting Vontae back hopefully next week. We hold each other accountable and that’s why we’re a special group. Record doesn’t show it but hopefully next week we can put another win back to back."
According to NFL.com, players were split on whether Marshall handled his altercation with Davis -- which supposedly included berating that Davis felt crossed the line -- in a way that was effective.
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