The Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons head into this weekend's meeting with a lot of players represented on their respective injury reports. For the Dolphins, the Thursday report had 16 players listed, while the Falcons have eight players listed, plus their three players that went on injured reserve this week. While names like Atlanta's Roddy White and Julio Jones, and Miami's Mike Pouncey and Dannell Ellerbe are notable, no name on the list sticks out like Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill injured his shoulder in the first drive of the third quarter last week against the Indianapolis Colts. On 3rd and 10, he dropped back to pass, only to have Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman hit his arm just before he could throw the ball. The play was ruled a fumble and Miami lost possession, but the concern immediately was Tannehill, who walked to the sideline with his arm simply hanging by his side.
However, the second year signal caller moved it around on the sideline and backup quarterback Matt Moore never started warming up. Tannehill finished the game, not missing a snap.
He first appeared on the injury report on Wednesday, when he was listed as limited in practice. The media can only view the first portion of each workout, and they did not notice anything strange with the way the practice began for Tannehill. The injury report came out after Tannehill's weekly media availability, and the quarterback did not mention anything to the media about his shoulder.
On Thursday, the Dolphins had the day off, so the practice report, which still lists Tannehill as limited, is a best estimation at what would have happened if the team had been on the field.
Later today, the team will issue their final injury report, listing Tannehill somewhere in the Out-Doubtful-Questionable-Probable scale.
Among the Dolphins other injuries, another new name popped up on the practice report yesterday. Wide receiver Mike Wallace, who was not on the Wednesday list, is now considered a full participant in practice, but does have a groin injury of some sort.
The other change on the list for the Dolphins was the move of cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who was limited on Wednesday, to did not participate on Thursday. Again, this is an estimation, since the team did not actually practice, but it is never a good sign when a player moves that way on the injury report.
The full Thursday report for the Dolphins had safety Chris Clemons (hamstring) and defensive tackle Paul Soliai (knee) joining Patterson (groin) as non-participants. Limited in practice were cornerback Will Davis (toe), quarterback Pat Devlin (ankle), linebacker Koa Misi (knee), Tannehill (shoulder), cornerback Jamar Taylor (groi), and safety Jimmy Wilson (groin) - all of whom were listed in the same category Wednesday. The full participants for Miami's Thursday injury report were linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ribs), tackle Nate Garner (shoulder), guard John Jerry (knee), defensive end Dion Jordan (shoulder), center Mike Pouncey (ankle), defensive end Olivier Vernon (thumb), and Wallace (groin).
On the other side of the field, running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) was ruled out earlier this week, while tackle Sam Baker (knee/foot) and cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) were held out of the workout. Limited participants in Thursday's practice for the Falcons were linbacker Akeem Dent (shoulder), wide receiver Julio Jones (knee), center Peter Konz (knee), defensive end Cliff Matthews (neck), and wide receiver Roddy White (ankle). White has sat out Wednesday's workout before rejoining the team on Thursday.
Atlanta did not list any players as "full participants."
The Dolphins and Falcons kick off Sunday in Sun Life Stadium at 4:05pm ET.
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