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PREGAME NOTES: Tannehill Gets The Start At QB Opposite Luck; Other Notes

Posted Nov 4, 2012

Battle of first-round picks highlights conference showdown.

INDIANAPOLIS – Miami Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill will get the start today opposite Andrew Luck in a battle of first-round quarterbacks from the 2012 NFL Draft at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Tannehill recovered from the left knee injury he suffered last week at the New York Jets to the satisfaction of Head Coach Joe Philbin and the training staff and will extend his streak of consecutive starts to eight. This will be a chance for the eighth overall pick to see how he measures up against the Colts’ Luck, the first overall pick of the draft.

According to NFL.com, today’s game will be the first-ever matchup between top 10 rookie quarterbacks whose teams have winning records. The Dolphins and the Colts are both 4-3 and are riding winning steaks of three games and two games, respectively.

MCDANIEL AMONG MIAMI’S KEY INACTIVES

Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel will be forced to sit out the game with a nagging injury. Quarterback Pat Devlin, cornerback Richard Marshall (back), rookie defensive back Anderson Russell, rookie linebacker Josh Kaddu, offensive tackle Will Yeatman and rookie tight end Michael Egnew on the inactive list. Nolan Carroll will get his fourth consecutive start at cornerback in place of Marshall.

The Colts will be without former Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis (knee) and rookie tight end Coby Fleener (shoulder). Wide receiver Nathan Palmer, cornerback Marshay Green, defensive end Clifton Geathers, defensive end Lawrence Guy and offensive tackle Tony Hillis join those two on the inactives. Weslye Saunders starts for Fleener and Cassius Vaughn starts for Davis. In addition, running back Vick Ballard will start in place of Donald Brown, who is active, and Joe Reitz will start at left guard in place of Jeff Linkenbach.

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