What Does Ryan Tannehill's Injury Mean for Fantasy Owners, Miami Dolphins?

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIOctober 28, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 14:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins throws the ball against the St. Louis Rams at Sun Life Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Ryan Tannehill has left the Miami Dolphins' contest with the New York Jets due to a quad injury.

Jason La Canfora has tweeted the following:



Ryan Tannehill getting tended to for a quad injury. Doesn't seem that severe but Moore is in for now

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 28, 2012


Even though the injury does not seem that severe, backup Matt Moore has entered the game and will manage the offense for the foreseeable future.

Quad injuries do not exactly heal quickly, and this could be a nagging problem for a while. Let's analyze the impact on both the Dolphins and fantasy owners moving forward:


Fantasy Owners

Tannehill is hopefully not the QB1 on your depth chart, but if he is, you were likely already struggling this season anyway. As a QB2 he can provide a solid spot-start option because of his ability to make plays with his feet.

Tannehill is a smart young player, but the Miami passing game has been largely inept this season and the former Texas A&M Aggie has just four touchdown passes and six interceptions on the season.

The running plays have not really shown themselves yet either, as Tannehill has just 25 rushing yards and one score on the ground thus far.

If you were apprehensive about using Tannehill before this quad injury, then definitely steer clear of him now. Rushing yards will be even more scarce and the Dolphins do not have an exciting aerial attack.


Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are put into an interesting predicament with Tannehill sidelined. Yes, it is a minor injury and his return against the Jets is questionable, but Miami cannot afford to risk further damage to its franchise QB.

On the flip side, Miami is 3-3 and right in the thick of an intriguing AFC East divisional race. Matt Moore is a capable player, but he is not the type of QB that can lead a team to the playoffs.

Miami must be cautious but assertive with Tannehill. He gives the Dolphins the best chance to win right now and has developed a solid chemistry with WR Brian Hartline.

Again, this is a minor injury, but quad problems tend to linger. The Dolphins need to monitor this injury closely over the course of the next few games.