In a surprise move, the Miami Dolphins have ruled quarterback Ryan Tannehill out of Saturday night’s game against the New York Jets. Or not, since it was obvious that Tannehill, who sustained sprains to the ACL and MCL in his left knee last week, would miss this game, should miss the next game, and may actually be out for the rest of the season. What may be the surprise, however, is Tannehill is the only player with a game status of less than questionable.
Safety Isa-Abdul Quddus (neck)? Questionable. Offensive tackle Branden Albert (wrist)? Questionable. Linebacker Kiko Alonso (hamstring/hand)? Questionable. Guard Jermon Bushrod (shoudler)? Questionable.
Getting the idea?
Linebacker Jelani Jenkins (knee/hand), cornerback Bobby McCain (hand), linebacker Spencer Paysinger (thigh), center Anthony Steen (foot), and defensive end Mario Williams (ankle)? All questionable.
Other than Tannehill (and center Mike Pouncey who was placed on injured reserve this week), Miami might actually be fairly healthy for the start of their final run through the AFC East and push for a Wildcard berth.
Interestingly, one player who did not show up at all on the injury report this week is cornerback Xavien Howard. Howard has been working his way back from an in-season knee surgery, and has not played since Week 4. The Dolphins are not expected to insert the rookie back into the starting lineup, leaving the tandem of Byron Maxwell and Tony Lippett as the top two on the depth chart, but they could find some snaps for Howard in an effort to work him back into game shape as the Dolphins look to make the Playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The Jets side of the injury report includes tight end Brandon Bostick (ankle), wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (ribs), running back Matt Forte (knee), wide receiver Brandon Marshall (knee, foot back), and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) all listed as questionable. Tackle Brent Qvale (hamstring) and running back Khiry Robinson (lower leg) were both listed as doubtful while linebacker Mike Catapano (knee), linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle), defensive tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring), and cornerback Buster Skrine (concussion) were all ruled out for the game.