Tannehill 'Optimistic' About Playing Next Week

Miami Dolphins QB said he could have returned in an emergency situation on Sunday, thinks he can return against Indianapolis

By David Hill
|  Monday, Oct 29, 2012  |  Updated 7:19 AM EDT
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Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins falls after he is sacked by Calvin Pace of the New York Jets on October 28, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill will undergo an MRI on Monday after he sustained a hyperextended left knee and deep thigh bruise in the Dolphins' 30-9 win over the New York Jets. Though he did not return after getting hurt in the first quarter, he said he could have returned if he was needed Sunday.

"I was optimistic about getting back in the game, and I'm optimistic about getting ready to go next week," Tannehill told the Palm Beach Post. "I could've gone if it was an emergency situation. Was trying to get it loose so I could be good to go, (but) we were up big and Matt (Moore) was doing a good job."

Moore filled in admirably, finishing 11 of 19 for 131 yards. The Jets were barely in the game for the better part of the second half.

"It always helps having the backup come in and perform like that," RB Reggie Bush said after the game, "not missing a beat."

"Just couldn't get it warmed up all the way where I could bend it, so I didn't want to hurt the team," Tannehill added. "I'm going to do what I can to get it ready to go, get that swelling out of there."

Tannehill, the eighth pick of the 2012 draft, was sacked by Jets LB Calvin Pace on third down of the Dolphins' second drive of the game. He came to the sideline with a limp, then immediately set himself on the ground.

Tannehill likely will not have to deal with a quarterback controversy, as he has improved as the season progresses. He has completed 120 of 203 passes with 4 touchdowns and 6 interceptions (3 of which came in his Week 1 debut).

The 4-3 Dolphins visit the Indianapolis Colts (also 4-3) on Sunday.

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