Miami Dolphins PhanMail Friday!
Training camp is in full swing for the Miami Dolphins and unfortunately the injury bug has taken a couple bites. This week’s PhanMail Friday will address some of these questions and more.
Q: Thursday was a rough day for the Dolphins with multiple key injuries, none more concerning than Ryan Tannehill’s knee. What is the latest on Tannehill? Adam B. – Key Largo
According to Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel Tannehill did not suffer any ligament damage but instead hyper-extended his left knee. Initial reports have also said there was no other structural damage but the final verdict will come from the Dolphins medical staff. It is certain that the Dolphins will take a cautious approach with Tannehill, there is no reason to rush him back. Matt Moore will lead the first team for now, look for Brandon Doughty and David Fales to split reps with the second team. Speculation is rampant about bringing in another quarterback such as Colin Kaepernick or even Jay Cutler, but it is way too early to project anything until we know more about Tannehill’s prognosis.
Update: Late Thursday Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington from ESPN reported that Tannehill may require surgery.
Q: Will the Dolphins be even more cautious with Mike Pouncey now due to all of the injuries, even going so far as having him wear more protective gear once the season starts? Stephen K – Orlando
The Dolphins are taking it very slow with Pouncey to this point, having him in practice has been a great boost to the team. Right now he is doing individual drills and continuing to improve his conditioning. In regards to wearing any extra padding for his lower body that remains to be seen. Pouncey is a quicker center than average and is good at getting to the edges and pulling, any limitation to his mobility has to be considered. On the flip side he may be targeted by opposing linemen and any extra protection may help him stay healthy for a full season. Once he suits up for the pre-season that will give a better indication moving forward.
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Q:DeVante Parker has received a lot of attention in camp, and rightfully so. Do you think Leonte Carroo can see the field more and make an impact? Jason – St. Augustine
The Dolphins receiver corps took a hit with the injury to rookie Isaiah Ford. Carroo is all but assured a roster spot given everything Miami gave up to take him in the 3rd Round of last year’s draft. At 6’1″ and 215 pounds he has great size for a wideout and can be utilized in three and four receiver sets to give the Dolphins a second large target outside. Look for him to get increased playing time in the pre-season, and if he can show consistent production he may have a chance to contribute a lot more this year.
Q: With Jay Ajayi in the concussion protocol, will the Dolphins look to add another running back as an insurance policy? D.T – D.C.
Hopefully the injury to Ajayi is not serious but you can bet the Dolphins will be extremely cautious getting him back into full contact situations. Kenyan Drake is now getting first team reps in practice and look for him and Damian Williams to be the top two backs until Ajayi is cleared. Storm Johnson has been a big surprise thus far in camp and may be on his way to making the 53 man squad. This would give Miami four running backs on the roster, and with the dearth of talent on the free agent market the Dolphins will likely look in house to fill out the position.
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