DAVIE (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins returned to the practice field on Wednesday in advance of their Wild Card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was held out of Wednesday’s practice, though his status for Thursday has not yet been determined.
Miami head coach Adam Gase told the media that Tannehill may be able to practice on Thursday and will start on Sunday if he shows that he’s ready to play.
“Right now, he won’t practice today, and we’re going through our process with his rehab,” Gase said. “Every day, we keep seeing improvement. It’s going to be more about, ‘Where’s his movement at?’ Every day it gets a little bit better. So, today he won’t practice. We’ll keep doing what we’ve been doing with him, and we’ll make a decision on tomorrow as far as what we’re going to do at practice.”
Tannehill suffered a sprained ACL and MCL during a December 11th game against the Arizona Cardinals and missed the final three games of the regular season.
Backup quarterback Matt Moore filled in nicely for Tannehill, winning two out of three games while throwing eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
Gase pointed out that mobility and escapability are big parts of Tannehill’s game and that he wouldn’t feel confident starting the fifth-year QB if he wasn’t able to move around as well as he did before the injury.
“A lot of his game has been [based on] movement throughout his career and then all of a sudden to throw him back there and say, ‘Don’t move, and if anybody gets close to you, go down.’ That’s not really an option for us. It’s not his style of football,” Gase said.
Miami will face the Steelers in chilly Pittsburgh on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
You can watch the game on CBS Miami, the home of Dolphins football.