Dolphins Notebook

Sacks starting to take painful toll on Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill

 

abeasley@MiamiHerald.com

All those sacks and hits to Ryan Tannehill are beginning to add up.

Tannehill surfaced on the Dolphins’ injury report Wednesday, indicating that the Dolphins held their starting quarterback out of part of practice because of an issue with his throwing shoulder.

It’s the same shoulder he had injured earlier in the season, although Tannehill hasn’t missed a snap the entire season.

Perhaps even more alarming: his 11 turnovers through six games.

That includes an interception he threw into double coverage at the goal line in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills.

“I shouldn’t have been going there with the ball to begin with, and I realized that in my throwing motion,” Tannehill explained Wednesday. “I tried to squeeze it to pull it back down. It fluttered and went straight to him.

“It was the ultimate bad play.”

Getting all wet

Despite a mid-practice deluge Wednesday, the Dolphins decided to remain outside instead of working in their climate-controlled bubble.

“We’re going to play in rain at some point in time,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “We don’t know exactly when.”

Philbin then added, with a wry smile: “We can’t get too soft. A lot of teams don’t have the bubble; they just practice. Like Coach [ Don] Shula used to do.”

It wasn’t the only zinger from Philbin, who was relatively jocular with the media Wednesday.

When asked how Bryant McKinnie looked in his second day with the team, Philbin responded: “Wet ... He doesn’t need any extra volume.”

Belichick speaks

The prevailing wisdom throughout the NFL is that as long as the New England Patriots have Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, they will remain the class of the AFC East.

Just don’t try to rope Belichick into that conversation. New England’s famously tight-lipped coach wanted no part of it when asked by Miami media Wednesday — even though his team is 5-2 and again atop the division.

“There’s a lot of football left to be played,” he said. “We’re not even halfway through the year yet so who knows how anything’s going to turn out.”

Belichick added: “I think there’s a lot of football left; there are some teams that are going to improve more than others and that’s what we hope we’re going to be, is a team that will get better every day, every week and that our best football’s in front of us.”

Odds and ends

• Along with Tannehill, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (shoulder), receiver Brandon Gibson (shoulder) and McKinnie (knee) were held out parts of practice.

Brent Grimes (back), LB Koa Misi (knee), CB Dimitri Patterson (groin) and DE Cameron Wake (knee) participated fully Wednesday.

The Dolphins added receiver Nate Palmer and brought linebacker Josh Kaddu to their practice squad this week.

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