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Friedo’s Eyewitness Account of the OTA’s

Josh Friedman
May 26, 2017 - 9:12 am

The biggest story coming out of week one of the Dolphins organized team activities is Ryan Tannehill telling reporters that his knee feels good. You'll recall he injured it in game 13 last season.  He underwent offseason stem cell therapy and when asked if his ACL had healed, Tannehill replied "Yeah, it's really strong and ready to go."  Tannehill said the knee is 100% and there are no more hurdles for him to overcome as far as his knee is concerned. He wore a brace on his left knee at practice and later told reporters that he'll wear it all season. He said it's for stability and yet it won't hamper his mobility.  He appeared to be moving well at practice with nothing close to a noticeable limp.
 
What can players get out of these OTAs when they aren't permitted to wear pads and no tackling is allowed? Gase answered as much when asked how Ryan Tannehill will benefit from this second offseason in Gase's system after playing a near full regular season: "Any time you can keep getting reps in the same system you’ve already been in, it’s valuable. Just constantly learning body language of receivers, all the things that go into communication with the offensive line, the running backs, the tight ends. That’s why spring, training camp, preseason games, regular season games, they’re all valuable because you learn something in every game.”
 
There are some injury updates. Three of the five starters along the offensive line didn't practice on Thursday. To no one's surprise, center Mike Pouncey was held out as he recovers from a hip injury. RT Ja'Wuan James apparently suffered an undisclosed injury in recent days. Coach Gase said the team is erring on the side of caution in not practicing him just to test his toughness. Gase said there are four days until the next OTA and didn't want James to incur a possible setback.  RG Jermon Bushrod was dressed but didn't practice. Gase implied his undisclosed injury wasn't serious but offered no details.  DE William Hayes practiced earlier this week but didn't on Thursday, again with Gase offering no specifics on his injury. Gase said LB Koa Misi isn't close to practicing as he recovers from a serious neck injury sustained last season.

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