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Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has limited practice, hopes to play Sunday

 

Ryan Tannehill, still recovering from two leg injuries, says he’s ‘doing everything I can’ to play Sunday but admits he’s not 100 percent.

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill remains hopeful of being able to play Sunday at Indianapolis, but a decision on his availability will need to wait.

Tannehill, nursing two leg injuries, did some work in practice on Wednesday but was generally limited.

“I felt good,” he said. “Obviously, not 100 percent, but felt good moving around.”

Tannehill, who has a bone bruise on his left knee and bruised quadriceps, took snaps with the starters in individual drills, which included mostly running plays without the defense going full speed.

But Matt Moore opened with the first-team offense in full-speed drills, and one player said Tannehill didn’t do much overall.

Asked if he expects to play, Tannehill was non-committal: “Just taking it one day at a time. I want to play obviously. I’m going to do everything I can to be ready, and hopefully that’s the case. I’m doing everything I can, … icing it multiple times a day….

“You want to see where you are, if you get your range of motion back, if the pain’s tolerable, [if] you’re able to take your drop backs and step into throws.”

Tannehill did not seem to be favoring the leg, which was covered with a brace and protective sleeve. Asked to assess his mobility, he smiled and said, “I’m walking around.”

Moore’s take?

“I think he looks great. He obviously has some work to do.”

For him to play Sunday, coaches need to be convinced he has enough mobility to be effective.

Coach Joe Philbin declined to take questions about Tannehill after reading a prepared statement: “Ryan was limited,” the statement said. “We will continue to monitor his progress throughout the course of the week. There’s not much else to report at this time.”

Moore also appeared on the injury report, with a right calf injury, but was not limited in practice.

If Tannehill plays, it would set up a matchup between the first and third quarterbacks selected in April’s draft.

“I’ve always had a very high impression of him,” said Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who was drafted first overall. “We would see each other at various functions. I enjoyed getting to know him and hanging out with him. Growing up in Houston, I’ve got a lot of buddies that went to A&M, know a bunch of guys who played with him, who always spoke very highly of him. I saw why this offseason.

“Great guy, great quarterback…. He can make all the throws, can extend plays, incredibly athletic, makes great throws on the run in the pocket. He’s a fun guy to watch.”

Tannehill called Luck “a fun guy to be around” but said playing against him offers no additional incentive to play Sunday.

Luck, incidentally, doesn’t look back favorably at some Dolphins fans rooting for the team to lose to get the first overall pick.

And no, Luck said he never got his hands on a “Suck for Luck” T-shirt.

“I wasn’t too fond of that when someone brought it to my attention,” he said. “I never believe fans should encourage their team to lose. Things tend to work out in a good way. I’m glad both organizations are headed in the right direction.”

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