Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill walking well, coaching players at practice

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17), gives the thumbs up to the fans on his way off the field after suffering an injury during third quarter action against the Arizona Cardinals during NFL game Sunday December 11, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill gives the thumbs up to the fans on his way off the field after suffering an injury against the Arizona Cardinals. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was walking well at practice on Thursday, moving around with a knee brace and actively coaching teammates.

This was a very encouraging sign for Tannehill, who will miss his third  consecutive game on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Tannehill has remained on Miami’s active roster after spraining an ACL and MCL on Dec. 11 against Arizona. Tannehill was seen walking without a brace in the Dolphins locker room, although he was walking with a slight limp.

If Miami were to play at Pittsburgh or Houston, he would have had four weeks of recovery.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase was asked what factors will go into deciding if and when Tannehill plays again this season.

“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.”

Gase said Tannehill has been another coach on the field. Tannehill has thrown the ball a little bit but really can’t move yet, Gase said.

That said, there’s some renewed enthusiasm about his playoff chances.

“It’s good to see him out there,” guard Jermon Bushrod said. “It’s good to see him moving a little bit, being able to stand on it a little bit more. You’ve got to be happy for the guy, hope he can just make some progress. I know inside he feels a little bit better about himself so it’s just good.”

Meanwhile, Moore has played well, posting a quarterback rating of 113.4, which would be second in the NFL if he had enough qualifying throws.

Meanwhile, linebacker Spencer Paysinger (knee) returned to practice and linebacker Jelani Jenkins (knee) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle) did not as they are unlikely to play Sunday.

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