Ryan Tannehill could return to the Miami Dolphins active roster in time for the team’s AFC wild card match-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to latest NFL rumors. The Dolphins vs. Steelers playoffs match-up is set on January 8.
Tannehill has been out since December 11 after suffering from a left knee injury. But Dolphins head coach Adam Gase admitted that he would talk to team doctors about the possibility that the quarterback can rejoin the team in time for the Steelers’ game. Gase also said that Tannehill could practice with the team this week.
Slight chance for Tannehill’s return vs. Steelers
“You guys all know the guy’s a freak of nature … His body is unique and the way he heals the same way,” Gase stated to the Sun Sentinel about the 28-year-old quarterback’s injury and conditioning.
“We’ll just kind of take it one step at a time. We’ll have better idea, especially once we hit Wednesday, but probably Tuesday, I’ll have a good idea so game-plan-wise we can figure out what’s going on.”
Gase admitted that Tannehil’s return for the playoffs would be a long shot but it’s still an “option”.
“I need to know what his movement skills are, where we are as far as really the structure of his knee and things like that,” Gase added. “Once I get that update I’ll have a better idea of what we’re going to do moving forward.”
Tannehill suffered the left knee injury in a 26-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals in December. In 3 games without their starting quarterback, the Dolphins still won two to make the NFL postseason.
In 13 games for the Dolphins in the recently concluded regular season, Tannehill has registered 2,995 passing yards on 261 of 389 passes (67.1% completion) with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
The Dolphins’ wins without Ryan Tannehill came against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. Miami lost their regular season finale against the New England Patriots. The Dolphins need their starting quarterback back if they want to compete in the NFL postseason.
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