Dolphins officially place Tannehill on injured reserve, Pouncey returns to practice

Still unclear if Cutler will start Thursday against Ravens

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey readies for practice Saturday, which marked his return to full contact.
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey readies for practice Saturday, which marked his return to full contact.

DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins officially placed quarterback Ryan Tannehill on injured reserve on Saturday, the same day that center Mike Pouncey worked his way back to full contact for the first time since being sidelined with a nagging hip problem last season.

Asked if Tannehill would be having surgery on his left knee in the next few days head coach Adam Gase said, "I don't know. Maybe. I'll let you know." Gase did say he felt confident that Tannehill would return for the 2018 season. 

With Tannehill's season over it's still unclear when the world will see his replacement at quarterback, Jay Cutler, make his first start in a Dolphins uniform. 

Local 10 asked coach Gase how much Cutler would play this Thursday during the second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. "If (Cutler) feels good enough to go on Thursday where the pocket feel is there and he feels like he's in a good place, then he'll go. If he doesn't, then Matt (Moore) will start the game and we'll go from there."

Cutler took first team snaps from Pouncey during 11-on-11 team drills. "Jay's a pro; I'm a pro. We've both been doing this for a long time, so we'll do well whenever we're both in there," said Pouncey.

The Pro Bowl center sounded relieved to finally return to a full practice for the first time. "I couldn't even sleep last night. I don't know if I was nervous or just excited, but I was just ready to get back out on the football field," said Pouncey. "Today was my first true test if I can go back out there and play football, it went well."

Cutler looked locked in at times, even throwing a deep ball with perfect touch to DeVante Parker for a touch down during team drills. And after a red zone incompletion to Jarvis Landry, Cutler made sure to find Landry on the sideline to talk about the play. 

Running back Jay Ajayi remains on the concussion protocol and was not in pads on Saturday.