Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Ryan Tannehill expected to start


According to Albert Breer, the Miami Dolphins are expected to start standout rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill today against the Indianapolis Colts. Breer said the “issue is pain tolerance” and that Tannehill will “be monitored pregame”. He injured his knee and quad after a brutal sack last week against the New York Jets (Calvin Pace did the damage on that one), and Tannehill had to leave the game.

However, super-sub Matt Moore came right in and performed at a high level so the Dolphins didn’t miss a beat in the drubbing of their AFC East rivals. Tannehill will be on a short leash in this game, and the Dolphins will pull him if complications arise as a precautionary measure. Moore is one of the best backups in the league, which is another reason why the ‘Fins can safely do this. The Indianapolis Colts pass defense is atrocious anyway, so there is no reason to risk Tannehill if he is in too much pain.

It was previously thought that Tannehill would have little chance of missing Sunday’s game, but news that he was only 50-50 for the game and had to have his knee drained twice changed things. He is officially listed questionable on the injury report, and it’s great news for the Miami Dolphins that he is expected to play.

The news from Breer isn’t surprising, but it is encouraging and helps paint a clearer picture of how things will break down for the Dolphins at quarterback for this game.

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