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Ryan Tannehill named Miami Dolphins’ team MVP

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) drops back to pass in the third quarter of the team’s game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Dec. 14, 2014
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) drops back to pass in the third quarter of the team’s game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Dec. 14, 2014 MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was named the winner of the Dolphins’ Dan Marino Most Valuable Player award on Friday in a decision made jointly by local media and the organization.

Tannehill has thrown for 3,786 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 67 percent of his passes. His 311 rushing yards are a career high.

“I think it is well-deserved,” coach Joe Philbin said. “He’s shown good progress this year.”

Tannehill called it a “huge honor. I love that I got it, but at the same time you have to give a lot of credit to the guys around [you].”

Despite being sacked 97 times over the past two seasons, Tannehill hasn’t missed a start.

“Toughness is something you have to have at quarterback, being able to take a hit, being able to get up mentally and physically,” he said.

Defensive end Cameron Wake won the Don Shula Leadership Award, and offensive tackle Jason Fox won the Nat Moore Community Service Award.

INJURY UPDATE

The Dolphins listed linebacker Jelani Jenkins (foot), defensive end Derrick Shelby (ankle) and offensive tackle Dallas Thomas (foot) as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Jenkins missed the New England game with the foot injury, returned to play against Minnesota but has been limited in practice all week. Shelby said he plans to play. The Dolphins might opt to use Fox at right tackle if they do not believe Thomas is healthy enough to be effective.

▪ The Jets listed seven players as questionable: center Nick Mangold, receiver Percy Harvin, defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon Harrison, and defensive backs Dawan Landry, Jaiquawn Jarrett and Darrin Walls.

▪ Miami cornerback Cortland Finnegan said Friday he wants to play next season. Earlier this month, he said it was more likely that he wouldn’t play next season. But he’s in jeopardy, with a $6.5 million cap hit if he’s on the team and $1 million otherwise.

▪ The Dolphins will distribute rally towels to the first 25,000 fans at Sunday’s game.

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