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Report: Ryan Tannehill didn’t practice today, still could play Sunday

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Ryan Tannehill hasn’t taken a snap for the Miami Dolphins, in a game or in practice, since Week 14. But, just days before their Wild Card matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, head coach Adam Gase hasn’t ruled him out.

There was some hope that Tannehill would practice Wednesday, but as the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, he was inactive. That leaves just three days for Tannehill to get some reps in before possibly playing on Sunday.

When Tannehill sprained both his ACL and MCL a few weeks back, the injury initially appeared much more serious. Even when it was reported that he hadn’t endured a full tear, the idea of him returning for the playoffs seemed incredibly slim.

Tannehill’s recovery is nothing short of miraculous. On Monday, he was seen walking around the practice facility with just a sleeve on his left knee.

Still, before deciding to play him against Pittsburgh, Gase needs to see a little bit more from his starting QB.

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From Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald:

I’m going to have to see him practice. I’m going to have to feel really good about this.”

His backup, Matt Moore, has proven to be quite serviceable in relief. Still, if Tannehill is healthy enough, he gives Miami a much better chance to win.

Gase wants to make sure Tannehill isn’t limited too much with his mobility, and the stability of the knee is obviously crucial. He did admit that Tannehill’s ability to heal is unlike most people:

“You guys all know that guy’s a freak of a nature,” Gase said. “I mean the amount of hits he’s taken over his career. We’ve all seen him take worst hits than that during the season. I mean that one was bad but there was a couple of other ones that were pretty bad. His body is unique and the way he heals, the same way. So we’ll just take it one step at a time.

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