Dolphins quarterback Tannehill “I’m excited. It’s been a long road to get back to where I’m at now’’
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will start Sunday against the Colts, Adam Gase announced Tuesday.
Tannehill has missed the last five games with a shoulder injury, but took a big step forward Tuesday, throwing passes during the portion of practice open to reporters on Tuesday.
Tannehill warmed up with his receivers, slowly increasing the length of his throws from 10 to 20 to 30 yards. While he did show a bit of rust, the vast majority of his throws were on the money.
What reporters did not see: Tannehill gripping and ripping it. He didn’t show off his fastball during the open period.
Tannehill and Brock Osweiler took the majority of reps during warmups.
Tannehill made “all the throws he needed to make” on practice Tuesday, Gase said.
Tannehill, who has missed the Dolphins’ last five games, had not been seen throwing passes since the week leading up to the Chicago Bears game in Week 6.
Gase on Monday said he was not ready to make a ruling on Tannehill’s status for Sunday’s road game against the Indianapolis Colts, but he noted that Tannehill had thrown as far as 50 yards during sessions with trainers.
“He looks like what I remember,” Gase said. “I feel like it’s forever since I’ve seen saw him throw. To me, he looks like what he wants to look like. Now it’s about the next day. ‘How do I feel the next day?’ and ‘How much can we do the next day?’ Then after the day off, how does he feel after that? Really, it’s going to be a test of, we go out to practice and now it’s a different intensity, different throws. He’s got bodies in front of him. The arm angle has to change. There are some things that we can’t do with him on air that that we’re able to do in practice.”
Osweiler has started in Tannehill’s place since the injury. Osweiler has completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,212 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions in that span. Miami has gone 2-3.
Gase will address reporters this afternoon, where another Tannehill update will be provided.
Other observations from Tuesday’s half hour of practice viewing:
▪ Starting offensive tackles Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James, both of whom missed the Dolphins’ loss to the Green Bay Packers with knee injuries, dressed and practiced Tuesday.
▪ Cornerback Bobby McCain remains in the concussion protocol but practiced.
▪ Receiver DeVante Parker (shoulder) and running back Kenyan Drake (shoulder) worked in the non-contact red jerseys.