NOTEBOOK: Tannehill Limited In Practice; Other Notes

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Everything still status quo for rookie quarterback.

All three Miami Dolphins quarterbacks got significant work in today at practice as they prepare for Sunday’s game at the Indianapolis Colts, but all eyes were on rookie Ryan Tannehill.

The first-round draft pick out of Texas A&M is being listed as limited on the official injury report and Head Coach Joe Philbin confirmed that he will continue to monitor Tannehill’s progress throughout the course of the week.

“There is not much else to report at this time,” Philbin said. “And that will be my comments in regards to the quarterback position as it relates to this week’s ballgame.”

After last Sunday’s 30-9 win over the New York Jets during which he injured his left thigh and left knee on a sack in the first quarter, Tannehill spoke at his locker about his desire to go back in the game. Backup quarterback Matt Moore ended up doing a fine job in relief, completing of 11-of-19 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.

Tannehill remarked today that although he obviously wasn’t 100 percent in practice, he felt good moving around and was paying close attention to a few pertinent factors when it came to his mobility.

“You just want to see where you’re at and I think you want to see if you get your range of motion back,” he said. “You want to see if the pain’s tolerable and you’re still able to do the things throwing the ball and you’re still able to take your drop-backs and step into throws.”

As far as rehabilitating the injury and progressing towards a return to the lineup, Tannehill confirmed that he is trying everything at his disposal with the training staff. He’s been icing the knee multiple times throughout the day and evening, using compression sleeves and everything else they are giving him as an option.

Meanwhile, Moore is pushing forward and trying to stay focused on everything he’s being asked to do in practice this week.

“I don’t know what to expect but I’ve just got to take the week on as I do always,” he said. “I know there’s a possibility that I can play so I’ve just got to prepare that way and do my own thing. I’m just preparing to go win a game just as usual.”


## Now that everyone has searched far and wide for video of the “Gangnam Style” dance that rookie defensive end Olivier Vernon broke out against the Jets, it’s taken on a life of its own. The song was the second one played during warm-ups after Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and defensive backs Jimmy Wilson and Reshad Jones broke into an impromptu performance. Philbin even joked about in his press conference when asked about Vernon winning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

## Tannehill has known Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck since for almost two years and played with some of Luck’s high school teammates at Texas A&M. “We actually met each other at the Manning Camp the summer before our last year in college so got to know each other a little bit there. And then we saw each other up in New York and at the Combine and other things throughout the draft process.”

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