Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has taken a lot of hits this season.
Tannehill has been sacked 26 times through the team’s first six games of the season, which ranks second to the Raiders in terms of sacks allowed per game and which appears to be taking a toll on Tannehill’s body. He was limited in practice on Wednesday with a shoulder injury, the second time he’s wound up on an injury report because of his right shoulder.
Tannehill isn’t in danger of missing this weekend’s date with the Patriots, but this is one sign of what happens when you can’t protect your quarterback. Another manifestation can be seen in Tannehill’s turnovers. He’s responsible for all 11 Dolphins giveaways this season and constant pressure in the pocket helps create those plays, including the strip sack by Buffalo’s Mario Williams that set up the winning Bills field goal in Week Seven.
Those sack totals and Tannehill’s presence on the injury report tell you all you need to know about why the Dolphins made a trade for Bryant McKinnie this week. McKinnie was limited in practice as well, he’s listed with a knee issue, calling into question how quickly he’ll be able to begin helping provide a safer existence for Tannehill.