The Miami Dolphins might not have many names on their Wednesday injury report but the four players who are listed are significant ones nonetheless.
Not practicing on Wednesday for the Dolphins were cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle), safety Bacarri Rambo (chest) and quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee).
Tannehill, who has been sidelined the last several weeks with a knee injury, isn’t likely to be in uniform for Sunday’s AFC Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers even though his head coach Adam Gase hasn’t ruled him out yet.
“We’re going through our process with his rehab,” Gase told the Pittsburgh media during a Wednesday conference call. “Every day, we keep seeing improvement. It’s going to be more about, ‘Where’s his movement at?’ Every day it gets a little bit better. We’ll keep doing what we’ve been doing with him, and we’ll make a decision on tomorrow as far as what we’re going to do at practice.”
Should Tannehill ultimately sit out Sunday, veteran backup quarterback Matt Moore will once again start in his place.
As for Maxwell and Rambo sitting out Wednesday, that doesn’t bode well for the Dolphins defense being as both players are starters at their respective positions. Maxwell is easily the Dolphins best cornerback while Rambo was forced into action earlier in the season due to injuries in the secondary as safeties Reshad Jones (shoulder) and Isa Abdul-Quddus (neck) are out for the remainder of the season.
Limited on Wednesday for the Dolphins was linebacker Jelani Jenkins (knee). Jenkins, who started 7 of the 9 games that he dressed for this season, missed the Dolphins final two regular season games with a knee injury.