The injury Ryan Tannehill sustained to his right shoulder Sunday against Indianapolis seemed innocuous at the time. But it was a big enough deal to keep him out of part of practice Wednesday, the Dolphins announced late in the day.
The news didn’t break until after Tannehill addressed the media, and he didn’t let on that anything was wrong. Tannehill, who has started every game of his career, appeared to ding his throwing shoulder on a hit that caused a fumble Sunday, but didn’t miss a snap.
Tannehill has been sacked nine times through two games, second-most in the league.
“When I have all the time in the world [to throw the ball], it’s completely on me,” Tannehill said when asked about the pressure he has faced. “There’s a couple where I need to step up a half-step, and it’s not a sack at all. It’s not like I’m getting a sack from everywhere and every time I step back I’m getting pressure.”
Whereas Tannehill was able to practice on a limited basis, safety Chris Clemons (hamstring) and defensive tackle Paul Soliai (knee) sat out altogether, raising serious questions about their availability for Sunday’s game.
In addition to Tannehill, the following players were limited: CB Will Davis (toe), QB Pat Devlin (ankle), LB Koa Misi (knee), CB Dimitri Patterson (groin), CB Jamar Taylor (groin) and S Jimmy Wilson (groin).
However, Taylor is said to be still a week away from making his Dolphins debut after having offseason hernia surgery.
Six injured players were able to participate fully Wednesday: LB Dannell Ellerbe (ribs), OT Nate Garner (shoulder), G John Jerry (knee), DE Dion Jordan (shoulder), C Mike Pouncey (ankle) and DE Olivier Vernon (thumb).
Brother vs. brother
It will be a family affair at Sun Life Stadium, where Jerry will go head-to-head with big brother Peria, a defensive tackle for the Falcons.
The siblings have faced several times before in the preseason, but never when the games count.
“No question about it; this is something I’m really excited about,” John Jerry said. “My mom’s going to be here, brother will be here, sister will be here. I already gave them a heads up. They better be on my side.
“There’s no secret. He knows my strengths and my weaknesses and vice versa.”
Richie Incognito, for one, is envious of his teammate.
“I wish I had the chance to play to against my brother,” Incognito said. “If I did, I’d try to beat the crap out of him.”
The Dolphins are nearing a true sellout for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. As of Wednesday morning, they had sold 13,500 more seats than they did for last year’s home opener against Oakland.
For those with tickets, the Dolphins will roll out a series of game-enhancement programs Sunday, including improved Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the stadium and the parking lots.
The Dolphins will allow fans, in real time, to share and post game-day photographs on the stadium video boards. Up-to-the-minute traffic updates will be available via the Sun Life Stadium Twitter account (@SunLifeStadium).
Also, season-ticket holders will also be allowed to enter the stadium with a member card instead of a paper ticket.