DAVIE–After three days of medical evaluation, the Dolphins are holding out hope that Ryan Tannehill can make it back from a sprained left knee this season.
That was the indication they gave based on what they did with their roster Tuesday. The simplest way to add a quarterback would have been to put Tannehill on Injured Reserve, but instead the team chose to keep the Tannehill option in play for the rest of the season and place Mike Pouncey on IR. They also did not activate Dion Jordan from the Non-Football Injury list, which would have required them to clear another roster spot, though that may have been based mostly on Jordan’s performance.
Miami coach Adam Gase already ruled out Tannehill for Saturday’s game at the Jets and next weekend’s visit to Buffalo. Back-up Matt Moore is the starter for those, and newly signed T.J. Yates is the back-up. Brandon Doughty remains on the practice squad.
By going on IR, Tannehill stays eligible to play the season finale at home against New England and any possible playoff games. If Miami was to advance to the second round, for example, that would be a full month of recovery time. That’s a long shot on both fronts, Tannehill recovering enough to be effective and the team making it that far, but he’s important enough that the Dolphins don’t want to close the door on that possibility.
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