DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins linebacker Chris McCain has a Twitter avatar this week that shows him crushing Tom Brady's head.
The Dolphins face Brady and the New England Patriots on Thursday night, although McCain might not play. He has been inactive the past two weeks and has yet to make a tackle this season.
In the photo, accompanied by the hashtag crushbrady, McCain stands behind a screaming Brady with a hand squeezing each side of the quarterback's helmet. The picture caused a stir on Twitter.
''I'm not in the NFL,'' one Patriots fan tweeted, ''but don't you have to be on the active roster to crush an opponent?''
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was amused by McCain's avatar.
''I think that would be a penalty if he does that,'' Gronkowski said. ''If he wants to do that, give us 15 yards, that's fine.''
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