Ryan Tannehill returns to the practice field

AP

Officially, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not participate in practice on Thursday, due to a knee injury suffered 18 days ago. Unofficially, he was back on the practice field for the first time since a low hit from Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell resulted in a Grade II MCL sprain and a slight tear of the ACL in this left knee.

Wearing a knee brace, Tannehill threw passes on the side, via the Associated Press.

Coach Adam Gase explained to reporters the factors that will determine whether Tannehill will play in the postseason.

“When I feel comfortable with what the doctors are telling me that we’re not going to have any kind of injury that could prevent him from hurting his career or hurting his chances to play next year,” Gase said. “So we’re going to be very, very smart.”

PFT has reported that the Dolphins are taking a day-to-day approach to Tannehill, with a start in the wild-card round possible but at this point not likely.

A Grade II MCL sprain typically entails a timetable of four to six weeks for healing. The ACL tear won’t get any better on its own; reconstructive surgery remains a possibility, based on how the knee responds.

20 responses to “Ryan Tannehill returns to the practice field

  1. Even if Ryan doesn’t come back, you have to respect Gase trying to play Jedi mind tricks with Belichick and Tomlin. Never seen a rookie head coach carry this much brass in his undercarriage before. This guy’s mooseknuckle’s gotta be the size of a full grown pitbull’s head.

  2. With all due respect, NE has built a stellar organization.
    We can poke fun at it but it continues to be successful while proving their players are just mere cogs in the machine.

    But, as for trash talking, the s Phins are 1-1 in the last 2 games; 3-3 in the last 6 and we hold the overall lead in the series 52-47.
    This Saturday will be the 100th meeting.
    (We will have 9, maybe 10 starters out. With a rookie head coach.
    If it’s even close, that’s an embarrassment to NE)

    As for Garoppolo, he lit us up early but I don’t see his name associated with Offensive Player of the Week honors. See: week 15

    And those trashing our schedule…?
    We actually played 12 of the same opponents.
    Patriots went 10-2. Miami went 9-3.

    We aren’t the organization the Patriots are, but we aren’t a joke either.

  3. djscottyb says:
    Dec 30, 2016 12:20 AM
    With all due respect, NE has built a stellar organization.
    We can poke fun at it but it continues to be successful while proving their players are just mere cogs in the machine.

    But, as for trash talking, the s Phins are 1-1 in the last 2 games; 3-3 in the last 6 and we hold the overall lead in the series 52-47.
    This Saturday will be the 100th meeting.
    (We will have 9, maybe 10 starters out. With a rookie head coach.
    If it’s even close, that’s an embarrassment to NE)

    As for Garoppolo, he lit us up early but I don’t see his name associated with Offensive Player of the Week honors. See: week 15

    And those trashing our schedule…?
    We actually played 12 of the same opponents.
    Patriots went 10-2. Miami went 9-3.

    We aren’t the organization the Patriots are, but we aren’t a joke either.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

    Wow. You really put the nail in the coffin there and completely obliterated the troll arsenal. Guess 4 people can’t humble accept their defeat.

  4. Ryan Tannehill may not be better than Moore without an the ACL tear which must be operated on. I believe that Gase will use Tannehill only as a back up to Moore if he shows himself to be capable of playing in practice. Moreover that would be a risk with Tannehill not being as mobile. This report even mentions that an ACL tear will not heal itself and some surgery remains possible in the off season. If an ACL tear does not heal itself, then surgery will be necessary and not just a possibility. An injured Tannehill is certainly not as good as a healthy Matt Moore.

  5. So the Dolphins are going to be very, very smart? So does that mean he’ll be available for the Super Bowl, like Derek Carr? I thought the Dolphins have their Super Bowl scheduled for this Sunday.

  6. I dont doubt that he could come back
    a) hes a warrior
    and b) the craziest thing, in q&a interviews he gets mentioned as one of the strongest players in the gym by other players
    but you dont risk him this year.

    Gase and this coaching staff biggest impact was with young players, they finally progress and get better every day. this offense can become what the saints used to look like.

    you have 3 playmakers at RB
    Ajayi the power back
    Williams the swiss army knife
    Drake the explosive / speed guy

    at WR
    Landry the Energyzer Bunny and Clutch one
    Stills the Speed / Takin off the Top guy
    Parker the big body, jump ball, deep treat

    add a playmaker at TE next to Sims and fix the OL so they can endure a 16 game season and the O will be in great shape for many years to come

    thats also good news for the aging defense
    funny thing that the weakspot (DB) has become this teams strenght. I d love to see the Fins pick up a true NT for the run d. Another DE prospect to eventually replace Wake (love this guy) and overhaul the LB.
    Kiko was a great move, but he should prob play outside LB. Hewitt is a starter in the making – i d love to see them go after Ingram from the Chargers and get a true instinctiv atlethic ILB.

    that can be done in one offseason, specially with all the cap they ll have ( sepcially after saying bye to Mario Williams, Jordan Cameron)

    havent felt as good being a Dolphins Fans since the 90’s

  7. The Patriots are a funny bunch, well at least the ones that have posted on this one. Why bother us when they have pretty much owned the AFC for quite some time. I bet they are the johnny come latelys with no sense what it’s like to be a true fan.

  8. Only thing Tannehill has over Moore is youth and better mobility.. The arm strength thing I have seen people here say isn’t true. I would say they have the same arm strength. But Moore seems smarter and more gutsy.. I think it’s dumb to rush your “franchise” qb when you have a back up who is a better player.

  9. The Fins have had their best season in quite a few years. They’re a good team and Gase has done a great job starting to turn the franchise around.

    Don’t see them getting past the wild card though unless they play the Texans.

    And don’t expect the Pats to come in and lie down like they did at the end of last season. I think Belichick realizes the biggest coaching mistake he’s made, or close to it, was not playing hard the final 2 games last season and getting home field throughout the playoffs.

    Brady and company will be full speed ahead and looking to dismantle the weakened Fins defense.

  10. djscottyb says:
    Dec 30, 2016 12:20 AM

    With all due respect, NE has built a stellar organization.
    We can poke fun at it but it continues to be successful while proving their players are just mere cogs in the machine.

    But, as for trash talking, the s Phins are 1-1 in the last 2 games; 3-3 in the last 6 and we hold the overall lead in the series 52-47.
    This Saturday will be the 100th meeting.
    (We will have 9, maybe 10 starters out. With a rookie head coach.
    If it’s even close, that’s an embarrassment to NE)

    As for Garoppolo, he lit us up early but I don’t see his name associated with Offensive Player of the Week honors. See: week 15

    And those trashing our schedule…?
    We actually played 12 of the same opponents.
    Patriots went 10-2. Miami went 9-3.

    We aren’t the organization the Patriots are, but we aren’t a joke either.
    ————————————————————

    How dare you bring reason, perspective and respect to a fan discussion sir…

    Actually, I think most Pats fans enjoy having an actual rival in the division… Gase has been a pleasant surprise as HC this yr. Congrats on making the tournament.

  11. TyLaw, you’re just the kind of guy I like to remind that the Patriots have 1 Championship in the last 11 years. The GOAT needs a better resume than that.

  12. tylawspick6 says:
    Dec 29, 2016 9:22 PM
    look who miami beat during their 6 game winning streak

    a mirage

    pats to shred

    You moron they play the same schedule as the Pats.

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