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Dolphins Players Reportedly Make Surprising Locker Room Decision

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It was all fun and games during the Miami Dolphins' 3-0 start to the 2022 season. Two straight losses later, it's time to get serious. 

The Dolphins bought a ping pong table and put it in the locker room ahead of the 2022 season. It was a fun distraction for players before or after practices. 

However, Tyreek Hill and the other team captains have decided to remove it. 

"#Dolphins players have decided to take ping-pong tables out of the locker room in hopes of increase game prep done by players," said Armando Salguero.

Mike McDaniel explains that the ping pong table was an unnecessary distraction from the business side of football. 

“Tyreek and the captains decided that they wanted to take a step forward with all their opponent prep with regard to the team and with their preparation with our game plans in general. So he made the move to take the ping pong tables out of the locker room. That, to me, is leadership,” McDaniel said, via Pro Football Talk. “To me, leadership is acting, not talking. There’s a bunch of different examples from those guys and that’s why they’re captains. That’s why we rely on them. Because it’s about solving problems, not complaining about them. They collectively as a group of players wanted more time investment during the week on their jobs for Sunday. So instead of just saying it, they did something about it and that’s the whole reason that I really have a lot of love for those guys.”

This is a pretty surprising decision by Tyreek Hill and Co. Just a few weeks ago Hill noted that the ping pong table was a positive thing for the team. 

But games that aren't necessary become too big a distraction, especially during a losing streak. 

Plus, the Dolphins are going to have to be all-business for the next few weeks until Tua Tagovailoa returns. 

Rookie Skylar Thompson is expected to get the start in Miami this Sunday.