Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill back to on-field work

Ryan Tannehill is still working toward playing this season. (Getty Images)

Ryan Tannehill is still working toward playing this season. (Getty Images)

DAVIE–Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is still a long shot to make it back this season, but he’s been progressing.

Tannehill has been at practice this week, though not participating, but was doing rehabilitation work on the field this afternoon. He was taking drop backs with a resistance band tethered to his waist.

There’s been little news on him since coach Adam Gase revealed that his injury was a sprained ACL and MCL, not the full tear the team initially feared. Tannehill was injured Dec. 11 against Arizona, and the Dolphins have started Matt Moore in his place.

Gase has not given any updates on Tannehill this week, but declined to rule him out for Sunday’s home game against New England. He said the doctors haven’t informed him of any change in his status.

Gase said Thursday that Tannehill will play, “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. So we’re going to be very, very smart.” He also added that Tannehill has been throwing, “just keeping his arm loose.”

Tannehill said after the Jets game, when his left leg was in a full cast, that he still hoped to play this year. Because the team has not placed him on Injured Reserve, he remains eligible to appear in the playoffs.

Moore led Miami to the game-winning drive against the Cardinals, then beat the Jets and Bills. He’s posted a 113.4 passer rating.

Tannehill was having arguably his best season prior to the injury. He put up career-highs in completion percentage (67.1), yards per attempt (7.7) and passer rating (93.5).

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