October 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace (97) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) at New MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Dolphins' Tannehill An External Question Mark

The Miami Dolphins are set to face the surging and surprising Indianapolis Colts this Sunday.  It was supposed to be number 1 overall vs. number 8 overall and some have even wondered if it could be a prelude to the AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.  If that still stands to be the case, Dolphins HC Joe Philbin isn’t saying.

A day after QB Ryan Tannehill was knocked out of his 2nd attempt to beat the NY Jets with a quad bruise and knee issue, the Dolphins are mum on whether their top draft pick will be a go this weekend.  Joe Philbin addressed the media today and informed them that he will not discuss injuries publicly and that Tannehill’s status would be a little clearer come Wednesday’s NFL mandated injury report.  You can expect Tannehill to appear on that as questionable.

Which is exactly where he stands today to everyone outside of the Miami Dolphins facility.

Tannehill, according to Philbin was optimistic on the plane ride home from New York but the results of an MRI that was scheduled today will be the first step in his return to the field.  The second step will be how he practices this week.  Philbin told media today that he was pleased and is comfortable moving forward with back-up Matt Moore if Tannehill is unable to go.  He said there was no need to put Tannehill back into the game on Sunday.  A realization that the game was going in the Dolphins favor.

The Dolphins led the Jets 17-0 by the time the 3rd offensive series started after the Tannehill injury.  Subjecting Tannehill to an over aggressive and emotional Jets squad wasn’t necessary.  The Dolphins will release information on Tannehill’s status throughout the week in preparation for the Colts on Sunday.

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