Tannehill hasn’t played in a game since injuring his right shoulder Oct. 7 at Cincinnati, and he was ruled out on Wednesday by coach Adam Gase.
Tannehill’s progress has been slow, and he hasn’t thrown a pass in the open period of practice since Oct. 11. He will likely need multiple full practice days in a row without any setbacks before he’s able to play a game.
The shoulder is still bothering Tannehill, which isn’t a good sign considering that he often plays through minor ailments. Gase clarified that Tannehill’s injury isn’t a sprain, but he has yet to make public the actual injury. He has said surgery still isn’t an option for Tannehill at this point.
“This is a rest type thing,” Gase said.
There’s a reasonable chance that Tannehill won’t see the game field again until after the Dolphins’ Week 11 bye. Their next game after the bye would be Nov. 25 at Indianapolis.
Gase said earlier this week that Tannehill’s injury is “unusual,” with “a lot of gray.” He says Tannehill has been throwing with trainers, but he doesn’t yet have the velocity or power required to throw in real action.
Osweiler has gone 1-2 in three starts in place of Tannehill, but he hasn’t been the main reason for the losses. In fact, Gase said Osweiler has done “a great job” replacing the starter, but Tannehill will return to the role when he is ready.
Tannehill completed 66 percent of passes for 972 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions in his five games. Osweiler has completed 64 percent of his passes for 895 yards, six TDs and three INTs in his four games (three starts).