Gase won't decide if Tannehill can practice until later this week

Coach calls his quarterback 'freak of nature'

Adam Gase addresses the media Monday before the playoffs begin
Adam Gase addresses the media Monday before the playoffs begin

DAVIE, Fla. – As the Miami Dolphins get ready for their playoff game against Pittsburgh, head coach Adam Gase was asked about quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Tannehill has been out since the Arizona game, when he suffered a knee injury.

Local 10's Clay Ferraro saw Tannehill walking in the Dolphins locker room Sunday without a limp.

Gase said Monday, "I need to know what his movement skills are.  Where we are in terms of his really  the structure of his knee and things like that.  Once I get that update, I'll have a better idea moving forward."

Gase did not indicate any plans for Tannehill to return to practice until he spoke with team doctor.

Gase said that Tannehill's return would be a boost because, "Anytime you get a starter back, no matter what position, that's what you want."

Still, Gase had praise for backup quarterback Matt Moore, "Since Matt's been in there, he's done a really good job.  He's done exactly what I needed to do."

Gase described Tannehill as a "freak of nature.  The amount of hits he's taken over his career, we've all seen him take worse hits than that during the season... His body is unique, the way he heals, same way. "

Gase said he'll have a better idea Tuesday or Wednesday so that he can game-plan.

Gase said Tannehill said he won't listen asking to play, "I know he took some medical classes in college, but doesn't have a degree quite yet."

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