Dolphins coach Adam Gase: “We’re close” to Ryan Tannehill practicing

Adam Gase will make his playoff debut as a head coach Sunday. (AP)

Adam Gase will make his playoff debut as a head coach Sunday. (AP)

DAVIE–Dolphins coach Adam Gase is three days away from making his playoff debut and leading the franchise into its first postseason game in eight years.

As he prepares to do that, he’s balancing plenty of personnel issues. Here are his updates after today’s practice:

— The team ruled out any possibility of starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill playing this weekend at Pittsburgh. The Dolphins had been open to that possibility, but he has yet to practice. Why do it now rather than allow a few more days to see how he progresses?

“Yesterday just watching him move around, I felt like we still needed more time,” Gase said. “It was the right thing to do just so we can move on this week and not play this ‘What are we going to do?’ and just focus on Matt and the game plan. Now there’s no gray area for anybody.”

— Gase said “we’re close” on Tannehill being able to practice. That suggests he’d be a consideration next week if the Dolphins advance to face New England.

— Gase isn’t worried about the weather Sunday. “These guys are from all over the country,” he said.

— Starting cornerback Byron Maxwell remains out with an ankle injury and has yet to do anything since the Dec. 17 game at the Jets. “We’re running out of time,” Gase said.

— Linebacker Jelani Jenkins (knee) and safety Bacarri Rambo (chest), both starters, practiced today and look good to play Sunday. Out of the two, Jenkins looks like more of a certainty to play this weekend. Rambo is probable, but still undetermined.

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