As Adam Schefter of ESPN.com writes, Tannehill, who sustained an injury to his throwing shoulder during Miami’s Week 3 win over the Raiders, was listed on the injury report during the run up to the team’s Week 4 game against the Patriots, but he was a full participant in practice every day that week, and he was not listed on the injury report at all before last week’s game against the Bengals.
However, Tannehill’s name did pop up on the injury report this past Wednesday, and even though he fully participated in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, the shoulder injury has reportedly worsened. He was a limited participant in Friday’s practice, and his status for Week 7 is currently unclear.
The Dolphins, after starting the season 3-0, are now 3-2 and will face the daunting Bears’ defense this afternoon. Head coach Adam Gase expressed a great deal of faith in Osweiler and fellow backup David Fales before the start of the season, and that faith will be put to the test today.
During the team’s two-game losing streak, Tannehill, perhaps as a result of his shoulder injury — which has been diagnosed as a sprained AC joint, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald — has played poorly. He had three turnovers in the second half of last week’s 27-17 loss to the Bengals, with two of them returned for scores. On the year, he has completed 85 of 129 passes for 972 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions
As Jackson points out, this will be Tannehill’s 20th missed game over the past two-and-a-half seasons after not missing a single game during his first four years in the league. Assuming he is able to suit up next week, he will have 10 games to salvage his Dolphins career and justify his $18.7MM salary and $26.6MM cap hit for 2019.
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