The Sun-Sentinel is reporting Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was “playfully” optimistic about the speedy return of injured rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, was hurt just two possessions into Dolphin’s 30-9 rout of the Jets on Sunday.
Though coach Philbin — sticking to his usual policy of giving information when the week’s first injury report is released Wednesday — was careful not to make any promises about his young star, he did say Tannehill sounded upbeat and optimistic about the possibility that he’ll be ready suit when the 4-3 Dolphins take on top draft selection Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
“You would hope players are,” Philbin said, “I don’t know much, but it was a good conversation on the plane.”
Should Tannehill be unable to start, Miami will rely on the services of six-year veteran Matt Moore, who turned in a 11 of 19, 131-yard, one-TD performance in Ryan’s absence Sunday.
“I’m happy for him,” Philbin said of Moore. “The guy’s a professional; football is very important to him. The guy’s respected by the staff, and the players in the locker room. I’m not surprised he played well. It’s a credit to him, and Zac [Taylor] and Mike [Sherman], to have him ready to go.”
Moore, who was named team MVP last season after going 6-3 in his last nine starts, hadn’t taken a snap all season prior to relieving Tannehill against the Jets.
The Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov has more on Ryan Tannehill’s injury status in the video below: