Dolphins hire new head trainer to replace O’Neill

Updated: April 3, 2014, 5:52 PM ET

James Walker |

MIAMI — The Dolphins hired Ryan Grove as head athletic trainer on Thursday.
Grove replaces former longtime trainer Kevin O’Neill, who was fired following the findings in the Ted Wells report.
Grove spent the past 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, serving as the team’s assistant athletic trainer for the past 15.
“We are happy that Ryan has joined the team and will lead our athletic training staff,” Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said in a statement Thursday. “He was a great deal of experience, passion and work ethic that will serve him well in this role.”
O’Neill spent 18 years with the Dolphins, but was fired during the week of the NFL combine in Indianapolis. The Dolphins suffered through a high-profile bullying scandal last season, which included harassment of one of O’Neill’s assistant trainers. O’Neill did not stop or report the harassment, according to the Wells report.
NFL investigators found that Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in persistent harassment directed at tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer. Martin left the team at midseason, and Incognito was suspended for the final eight games.
O’Neill expressed hostility toward the investigation and cut short an interview with those conducting it, according to the report by Wells.
Grove was part of a Pittsburgh training staff that has a reputation as one of the best in the NFL. The Steelers were awarded the Professional Football Athletic Training Staff of the Year in 2008.
“I am excited to join the Miami Dolphins,” Grove said. “The organization has a great history and storied tradition, and this is a great opportunity for me.”
Information from ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell and The Associated Press was used in this report.A Temple graduate and Hyattsville, Md., native who lives in Miami
Joined ESPN in 2008

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