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Could Dolphins Ryan Tannehill actually try to play Saturday night?

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The “Soap Opera” of the star QB’s injured knee continues in South Florida and the small percentage possibility is: Ryan Tannehill might not only suit up Saturday night at the Meadowlands, but could actually try to play in the Dolphins huge road game with the Jets.

It’s not as crazy, as that looks. Keep reading.

With the understanding that coach Adam Gase and the Dolphins Brass could rule him out at any time, including later Wednesday, the intriguing possibility is, he might suit up.

First, the initial reports Sunday afternoon after Tannehill’s left knee injury in the third quarter against the Cardinals were ominous.

But, then Gase stunned the Miami media/fans (and really everyone) Monday afternoon when he announced that the veteran QB’s ACL was NOT torn and that it was instead “sprained knee ligaments” with further evaluation.

Obviously, an exhale for the Dolphins.

But now comes the curious/”tricky” part, what to do with Tannehill and could he actually try to play this week or in one or both of the final “must win” games at the Bills and at home with the Patriots?

First, it’s not unheard of that a QB plays through a sprained knee. In fact, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson suffered a sprained knee ligament, ironically against the Dolphins week one, but was fitted with a new high tech brace for added support and has played all season without missing a game. Now, it greatly slowed down his mobility for several weeks and games, but with rehab, he’s gotten better/more mobile in recent weeks.

Obviously, the Dolphins could do the same with Tannehill, who isn’t expected to scramble around much anyway.

We wrote here Monday that it’s now apparently journeyman backup Matt Moore’s job in Miami in the short term and the Fins on Tuesday agreed with another veteran well-traveled back up in former Texan, T.J. Yates.

This would seem to indicate that Tannehill will not be active/playing in the short term.

But if you are Gase and the Dolphins, and he’s risking no further damage (that’s key—see RG III with Redskins being put out there on a sprained knee, only to tear it up in a playoff game), they may keep the option open that Tannehill suits up.

It’s a “Young and the Restless” type plot twist from when it looked like he would miss all the remaining games.

Can Tannehill play? Will the Dolphins try it down the stretch?

Now, we wait.

Update 3:45 p.m. Eastern

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase met with the media a little while ago after the Wednesday practice. Although he wasn’t asked directly if Tannehill was out for Saturday night, Gase said that Moore is the starter and Yates will be the backup. He further said that he had no more information on Tannehill’s second opinion on his left knee.

When a reporter did ask whether IR was a consideration for Tannehill at this point, Gase said that it was all still being evaluated. He further said about the veteran starter, “I am not gonna rush him back… I’m not going to put his health at risk to get him back for any game.”

Final analysis, for now, Tannehill won’t play Saturday, but depending on the second opinion and the fact he’s still on the active 53 man roster, he could be an option in either of the final games of the season moving forward.

Again, we wait for that update.

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