Dolphins keep Tannehill out, to start Moore at Pittsburgh

Jan 07, 2017, 01:12
Dolphins keep Tannehill out, to start Moore at Pittsburgh

The Dolphins dispensed with any pretense of suspense regarding their quarterback situation.

The Steelers gained a sense of clarity on Thursday when Miami announced that quarterback Ryan Tannehill was ruled out of Sunday's AFC Wild Card while still recovering from a partial ACL and MCL tear. The Dolphins are giving up an average of 23.8 points per game. "Even the first time we played Pittsburgh, no one gave us a chance. I'm just going to say Ryan's not going to play this week". Slot receiver Eli Rogers now presents a very, very tough matchup for defenses as well, like they didn't have enough to worry about already.

However, while the team did announce Moore as the starter, it was some of the comments from offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen that caught my eye. "We try to make the decision early in the week, because it's hard to get two guys prepared".

Miami remains hopeful that, should they beat the Steelers on Sunday, Tannehill could be available for the Divisional round game the following weekend against the New England Patriots. Such a scenario is the reason Miami has not put him on injured reserve.

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Tannehill is eager to return, Gase said. The Dolphins have chose to sideline Tannehill for the game at Pittsburgh due to a sprained ACL and MCL in his left knee, ESPN reports. He's going to have Le'Veon Bell playing his first playoff game, and we saw what he was like going down the stretch.

Fueled by a breakout season from running back Jay Ajayi, Miami finished the regular season on a 9-2 SU and 8-2-1 ATS run that included five outright upsets to earn the final Wild Card spot in the AFC. To me, this is pretty concerning if accurate. And while the Steelers' defense won't be reminding fans of the glory days of the "Steel Curtain", it has been playing well during this current seven-game winning streak. The Steelers ranked 13th in the National Football League in 2016, allowing 100 rushing yards per game. "He's doing such a great job of cutbacks and hitting the hole. I feel really good".

If it's true, as iconic Steelers coach Chuck Noll always said, "Offense wins ballgames but defense wins championships", the Steelers are a long way from their seventh Lombardi. Unfortunately, two of them have nearly no relevance to their regular-season meetings.

Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory was suspended for at least a year for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Ajayi has been a hot and cold runner this season, held to under 62 yards rushing eight times.

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The first meeting was in 1972, the game after Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception". The latest suspension is for one calendar year. Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor is having surgery to fix a sports hernia. In the Steelers' biggest play of the season, it was a two-man concept with Rogers and Brown.

But Matthews hasn't practiced all week after re-injuring the joint against the Cleveland Browns. The report said the man, Adam Sapp, spent one night at Lutheran Hospital.

Gase said the team is in uncertain territory concerning Tannehill.

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