To fool onlookers, the Dolphins used 12 offensive players while practicing at the University of Cincinnati.
A number of video clips from the Miami Dolphins' Wednesday practice at the University of Cincinnati have gone viral in the last 24 hours, raising concerns about whether there was a security breach or whether the Dolphins' game plan for tonight's game against the Bengals was compromised.
The Dolphins were obviously aware that they were being watched and took some counterintelligence measures.
According to NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero, the Dolphins noticed that people were watching their walkthrough session, so head coach Mike McDaniel and company purposefully inserted a 12th player into offensive sets so that nothing was spoiled on video. The public can easily view the playing field at Nippert Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bearcats.
As Pelissero pointed out on Twitter, the extra player makes it difficult to determine whether the plays were real or if fake routes were added to real plays to aid in the deception.
An NFL spokesperson confirmed to Pelissero that no NFL team is suspected of committing a competitive violation as a result of the viral videos.
The 3-0 Dolphins practiced in Cincinnati on Wednesday after changing their travel plans for tonight's game due to Hurricane Ian.