Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said on Wednesday that quarterback Ryan Tannehill will miss his fourth straight game on Sunday against the New York Jets because of a lingering right shoulder injury.
The Dolphins (4-4), who started the season 3-0, are 1-2 with Brock Osweiler at quarterback, losing to the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans in their last two games and dropping four of their last five.
“Surgery has not been brought up to me,” Gase was quoted as saying by the Miami Herald, adding that there is no timetable for Tannehill’s return. “It’s a rest-type thing.”
Tannehill has been unable to throw a football since sustaining the injury, but it was reported last week that he has been throwing a tennis ball in an effort to regain the strength in his shoulder.
It is expected that Osweiler also will start next week against the Green Bay Packers, but the Dolphins have their bye week after that and are hoping Tannehill might return the following week against the Indianapolis Colts.
Even though the Dolphins have stumbled record-wise under Osweiler, the numbers indicate that he has not been the problem.
In the three games Osweiler has started, the Dolphins have averaged 283.0 passing yards, 411 total yards and 25 points per game, actually better than they were doing statistically under Tannehill.
In the first five games with Tannehill at quarterback, Miami averaged 192.2 passing yards, 288.2 total yards and 19.8 points per game.