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Miami Dolphins Hit The Bye Week At The Right Time

Alex Donno
November 15, 2018 - 11:19 am

The Miami Dolphins are banged up and beaten up. At 5-5, they are still in the mix for a playoff spot, but they'll need to get healthier if they expect any real chance to get there. 

The football gods have granted the Dolphins a much-needed bye week to mend their wounds. 

"Well, we haven't had one in two years, so it's great," head coach Adam Gase said of the bye week. Remember, the Dolphins essentially their bye week to Hurricane Irma in 2017. The storm cancelled their week 1 matchup with Tampa Bay, and it was rescheduled for the teams' shared bye week. They ended up playing 16 weeks in a row. 

Gase discussed how important the timing of this year's bye week has become. 

“I don’t even know if we’d have enough for 46 (active players) this week. It’s probably the right time. It’s a long, grinding season. We wanted a late bye. I’d rather have it now than Week 4, so I’ve got no complaints about that. I just wish we would have stayed a little healthier leading up to this; but this gives us a chance to … The guys that were kind of banged up to where they probably wouldn’t have played this week, now we’ve got a shot to get more guys ready to go for the next one.”

One player Miami is hoping to get back after the bye week is quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Gase offered an update on his shoulder injury, annoucing that Tannehill threw again for the first time on Sunday. 

 "It seemed like it went well," Gase said. "I mean it’s not like he’s out there throwing 60-yard throws. They have a progression of how they want to do it. They said it was a good first step and he felt good, so that’s a positive.”

Tannehill is targeting Week 12 at Indianapolis to make his return to the starting lineup. That timeline might be overly ambitious, but there's a good chance he will return before the end of the season.