Dolphins veterans fire up locker room after Ryan Tannehill injury

Michael Thomas helped get the Dolphins going again after a hard week. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—This week has been as much of a downer as the Dolphins have encountered in a long time, but they’re fighting through it.

They started the week by losing Jay Ajayi to a concussion, then saw practice go silent Thursday when Ryan Tannehill’s knee gave out. Backup quarterback Matt Moore restarted the team after that harrowing pause, and the atmosphere was relatively normal this morning.

“It’s the same mentality we’ve had: next man up,” defensive back Michael Thomas said. “Obviously you hate to see anybody get injuries. That’s not why you play the game. That’s always tough to see. We’re praying for them and hoping for the best. Everyone who’s out here has to work and grind and overcome it.”

Thomas, a team captain who has been here since 2013, is one of the most vocal and respected players in the locker room. After Tannehill went down, he saw a need to rally his teammates.

“You saw a lot of guys, including myself, say, ‘Hey, let’s keep this energy up,’” Thomas said. “We remember what happened last year. It was a next-man-up mentality. A lot of guys stepped up with that today. You saw a lot of guys talking noise and making plays and challenging each other and competing. That’s the culture of our team, man.”

The Dolphins have seven practices left in training camp, including a scrimmage at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. They begin preseason games Thursday against Atlanta.

[Dolphins can’t wait. They need to add a free agent quarterback yesterday.]

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