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The Splash Zone 1/5/17: Matt Moore Likely To Start Against Steelers

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Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Matt Moore will most likely be the starting quarterback this Sunday against the Steelers. Ryan Tannehill is still recovering from his ACL/MCL injury and would need to practice on Thursday to have any shot of playing. The best bet right now is to just let Moore prepare as the starter. This is no point in jeopardizing Tannehill's career.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day's round-up below.

Miami Dolphins not ruling out Ryan Tannehill, but Matt Moore likely starter
The Dolphins haven't ruled out Ryan Tannehill for the playoff game, but the plan now is for QB Matt Moore to be the starter.

Dolphins At Steelers

Kiko Alonso, Kenny Stills among Miami Dolphins' playoff X-factors - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
In order to pull off an upset in frigid Pittsburgh, the Dolphins will need hot days from a few key players.

Miami Dolphins reached playoffs this year despite backups in key roles | The Daily Dolphin
Castoffs, journeymen, scrubs. Go ahead, call them that. Call them players hanging on at the bottom of the roster, and why not? Even they acknowledge that much. Make fun of their pedigree. You wouldn’t be alone. Scratch your head, if you like, at the mention of their names.

Two Different Teams Will Meet In Pittsburgh
Sunday’s playoff game will be a rematch of the week 6 game, but both coaches involved have downplayed the significance of the first meeting.

Dolphins Don Pads For Pittsburgh Preparation
For the first time in about two months, the players were in full pads as the team practiced on Wednesday.

FPI: Miami Dolphins have virtually zero chance to make Super Bowl - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
The Dolphins are in the playoffs, but a rugged road lies ahead. ESPN's Football Power Index gives them a 0.9% chance to make the Super Bowl.

Kelly: Dolphins have Steelers to thank for season's turnaround | Commentary - Sun Sentinel
The 1-4 Miami Dolphins' surprising win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in October sparked the franchise's turnaround, and now they'll meet again in the playoffs.

Dolphins Opponent Profile: Fins Are Double-Digit Underdogs Against Steelers In NFL Playoffs’ First Round " CBS Miami
After earning their first playoff berth in nearly a decade, the Dolphins will have to prove oddsmakers wrong, as Miami is considered a 10-point underdog in the first round of the NFL playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dolphins Quarterbacks

Miami Dolphins QB Matt Moore hyped for playoff debut vs. Steelers | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE--The Dolphins are headed for their first playoff game in eight years, and it'll be the postseason debut for quarterback Matt Moore. Moore looks like he'll be the starter as Miami continues waiting to see if Ryan Tannehill will be available for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh.

Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase outlines Ryan Tannehill’s possible road back | The Daily Dolphin
Before Adam Gase meets with the South Florida media, he held a conference call with Pittsburgh reporters. Here are some highlights. (You guys have been thought of as the heavy underdog here.

Moore Going About His Business
Veteran quarterback preparing to start the playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field.

Dolphins Wide Receivers

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown on workout partner Jarvis Landry: ‘That’s my brother’ | The Daily Dolphin
Highlights of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown's conference call with the South Florida media on Wednesday: On Jarvis Landry: "That's my brother. ... We push each other every summer in Miami. We make each other better year in and year out." Says Landry is a "won't-be-denied player.

Miami Dolphins’ Jakeem Grant: ‘I’m all about proving guys wrong." | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Jakeem Grant is 12th in the NFL in punt return average and would be sixth in the NFL in kickoff return average if he had enough returns to qualify. But the Miami Dolphins rookie receiver hears the skeptics.

Dolphins Defensive Line

Mario Williams’ days in Miami are drawing nigh | ProFootballTalk
There was a lot of noise surrounding the Dolphins' addition of Mario Williams last offseason. But it appears his time there is going to end quietly. According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Williams will be released this offseason, before they're on the hook for any more of the two-yea...

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone 1/4/17: Steelers Eager For Rematch Against Dolphins - The Phinsider
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Around SB Nation: What Other NFL Blogs Are Discussing - The Phinsider
Weekly, we take a look around the SB Nation family of NFL blogs. Here are the news stories and analysis they are discussing.

Vance Joseph to interview with Broncos - The Phinsider
Add another team to the list of clubs looking to interview Miami’s defensive coordinator.

Jason Taylor named Hall of Fame finalist - The Phinsider
One step closer to Canton.

Dolphins biggest underdog of Wildcard Weekend - The Phinsider
Vegas does not like the Dolphins chances to beat the Steelers.

Mario Williams to be cut by Dolphins after season - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins still have meaningful football to play as they get ready for their first playoff appearance since 2008, but that does not mean the team’s front office is not already planning...