Tannehill sprained both his ACL and MCL back on Dec. 11 and though the QB practiced some this past Friday, he was unable to rally in time to join the Dolphins' playoff push. As the team's offseason gets underway, doctors are in the process of evaluating how to manage the next steps in Tannehill's recovery. A procedure of some sort thus remains a possibility for the QB at this time and in such a scenario, his participation in the team's offseason program could be impacted.
Tannehill endured a rocky transition into new head coach Adam Gase's system, accounting for seven total touchdowns and seven interceptions through Miami's first five games, which included merely one
Tannehill (knee) was a limited participant in practice Friday, the Miami Herald reports.
The session was Tannehill's first since suffering what the report describes as "slight tears in the MCL and ACL of his left knee" back on Dec. 11. While the Dolphins have already indicated that Tannehill is not in line to play Sunday against the Steelers, there's hope that the QB might be an option in the second round of the playoffs in the event that Miami is able to defeat Pittsburgh this weekend.
Tannehill had been hopeful for a return to practice this week, but after failing to take the practice field Wednesday, the team has elected to hand Matt Moore his fourth straight start. If Moore is able to pull off the upset victory and advance, Tannehill's practice participation the following week would likely be the best indicator of his chances of suiting up in the postseason.
Coach Adam Gase acknowledged Wednesday that "unless something changes drastically in the next few days," Matt Moore will start in place of Tannehill (knee) Sunday against the Steelers, Miami Herald reports.
Tannehill, who was spotted in street clothes during Wednesday's practice sporting a brace on his left knee, will need to get some practice reps in for that prognosis to change, with his next opportunity to do so arriving Thursday. Even if he is able to take the field as the week progresses, Tannehill would still need to demonstrate adequate movement/mobility in order to be a candidate to return to action this weekend.
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