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Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is encouraged by how his ankle feels

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill feels like his ankle is improving after he suffered an injury in the Week 14 win over the New England Patriots.

Tannehill exited the game prior to halftime before returning in the second half, and he’s probably glad that he did so that he didn’t miss one of the craziest late-game sequences in NFL history.

The Dolphins scored on a 69-yard lateral play to win the game, and it helped Tannehill and company move to 7-6 on the season.

But with Miami still firmly in the race for a playoff spot in the AFC, the team’s attention has to be on the health of Tannehill after the injury.

Here’s what he had to say about the improvement that he’s seen since the game, courtesy of Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk:

“It’s been better, but I’m encouraged by how it feels,” Tannehill said told reporters Wednesday. “It’s gotten better every day, and moving around [Wednesday] at practice, some of the swelling was worked out of it.”

This is a positive development for Adam’s Gase team, as their best shot at a postseason appearance is with Tannehill under center. He’s played in just eight games this season, but he’s completed 67.0 percent of his passes for 1,578 yards and 16 touchdowns.

The Dolphins will need him to be at his best this weekend when they head north for a matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

If Miami can secure a win in that game, it would help move another step closer to the playoffs.