With a miraculous victory in the bag, and clips of the play that won the game being played in endless loops, an almost-forgotten side note from Sunday’s game has been brushed under the rug.
But if the Miami Dolphins want to see their luck continue, they’ll need the services of signalcaller Ryan Tannehill this week. And he didn’t exactly come out of Sunday’s game unscathed. Tannehill was forced to leave the game late in the second quarter when as he dropped back from a snap, right tackle Ja’Wuan James stepped on his right ankle, leading to an awkward twist as Tannehill fell to the ground. Backup quarterback Brock Osweiler entered the game as Tannehill limped to the locker room under his own power, but with a noticeable limp.
Already nursing knee and shoulder injuries, the concern was legitimate, but all turned out well, as Tannehill was the first player out of the tunnel after halftime, and he played the entire second half, including the final pass on the last-gasp ‘Boise’ hook and laterals play that won the game.
Tannehill was jovial after the game, obviously still ecstatic from the adrenaline from such a fantastic finish in a game where he was seen running downfield trailing the play, then running around some more after the score looking for someone to hug, and finally flopping to the ground.
When asked about it after the game, he noted, “I was trying to spin out of the pocket and somebody stepped on my ankle, rolled it pretty good. Came in, got X-rays. Looked good, so taped it up, buttoned it up tight, and got back out there for the second half.”
Asked to expound on how it felt, Tannehill added, “You’ve got to be able to fight through some things like that. Training staff did a good job of tightening it up, giving me a wrap and a spat, and it felt good enough to go. I kind of went out and tested it a little bit right before we started the second half. Did some drops, did some play-actions, simulated moving the pocket, and felt like I was going to be able to evade a rush and get the ball off. I knew if I could do that and hand the ball off, then I would be in good shape. Gave it a go and it worked out.”
But when pressed, he admitted, “Honestly, it feels like crap. But it is what it is.”
In Monday’s press briefing, head coach Adam Gase said, “(Tannehill’s) sore. But he’s walking around, so that’s good.”
Tannehill is renowned for his toughness, having absorbed 232 sacks and countless hits in his career. But this injury bears watching as the Dolphins prepare to play in Minnesota this weekend.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball.
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