The Bears are going to have a tough road game today down in Miami, where the heat index is expected to be right around 100 degrees with the typical south Florida humidity.
However, they may be catching a break, as Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who popped up on Friday’s injury report as questionable with a shoulder injury, won’t start and instead, back up Brock Osweiler will be the QB against the Bears:
And now @JeffDarlington is calling Dolphins' QB Ryan Tannehill "doubtful" for today's game against the Bears. More and more, it's looking like Brock Osweiler vs. the Bears.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 14, 2018
Darlington himself tweeted that the Dolphins and head coach Adam Gase are playing this “close to the vest” and that Tannehill did go through a warm up and stretch this morning, so it could very well change.
Dolphins keeping this one admittedly and deliberately “close to the vest” as we inch toward kickoff.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) October 14, 2018
This much is worth our attention: His status was considerably bleak late Saturday than we assumed/projected when he showed up on injury report.
Gase will make final call soon. https://t.co/KvIAldd5HS
If Dolphins fans are maintaining hope Tannehill might find a way, this at least shows team’s desire to keep options open: They did have him go through a work out this morning, per sources. Stretching the final call, doubtful as it might be.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) October 14, 2018
“So you’re saying there’s a chance...”
It should be noted that the Dolphins offensive line has been banged up and that Tannehill has been scrambling around the last couple of games. That already was a favorable match up with Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks and everyone else coming to town, but if it’s Osweiler, or a injured Tannehill, wow, look out.
It should be noted though, that Osweiler has beat the Bears twice; back in 2015, in week 11 with the Broncos at Soldier Field. Osweiler completed 20 of 27 passes for 257 yards and two TDs in a 17-15 win. Then in week 1 of 2016, he completed 22 of 35 passes for 231 yards, two TDs and one INT in a 23-14 Texans win.
UPDATE: Tannehill is officially inactive
Does this change your prediction for the game? Would you rather face an injured Tannehill or a full-strength Osweiler?