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Dolphins confirm they will start QB Ryan Tannehill this week

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Desperate to get their offense back in gear, Dolphins coach Adam Gase confirmed Tuesday afternoon, that the team will turn back to injured starter Ryan Tannehill at quarterback Sunday in Indianapolis.

Gase met with the media after the Fins workout:

As we wrote yesterday, Tannehill has been improving during the Miami bye week and was finally able to throw the football again, including during the portion of the Dolphins practice open to the media Tuesday.

This will be Tannehill’s first action since being shut down the week after their October loss to the Bengals:

In that game in October, Tannehill took a couple of significant hits in the fourth quarter meltdown (above) and suffered what was eventually revealed to be an injury to the shoulder capsule. He did try to practice on the following Wednesday, and apparently the throws got worse and more painful, as the workout went along.

Tannehill ended up not taking any of the throwing reps in the Thursday or Friday practices, the Dolphins ended up hiding that point and were eventually fined by the NFL for listing him as “questionable,” when they knew he was not going to be able to play in the game with the Bears.

Tannehill met with the media post-Tuesday practice and said while he’s not 100% he’s healthy enough to give it a go Sunday:

Veteran backup Brock Osweiler quarterbacked the team to the dramatic overtime win over Chicago that weekend, but there’s been little success since. In fact as Miami dropped two of their last three games, they had a nine quarter stretch without scoring an offensive touchdown.

Still, at 5 – 5, the Dolphins are on the verge of the AFC playoff picture and Gase has made the decision to to bring Tannehill back, as opposed to going with a healthier Osweiler at least for this week at the Colts.

Miami is a nine point underdog going into this game, as the Colts are at home and have won four straight games.

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