Report: Ryan Tannehill MRI OK

Updated: November 12, 2012, 4:14 PM ET
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An MRI exam Monday on the left knee of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not show any structural damage, but his status for Sunday's game against Indianapolis remains uncertain, according to The Miami Herald. The rookie Tannehill could sit out with a bruised quadriceps and, according to the Herald, a bone bruise in his left knee.

Tannehill was hit by Jets linebacker Calvin Pace in the first quarter on the Dolphins' second possession Sunday and didn't return. Backup quarterback Matt Moore filled in for Miami during its 30-9 blowout victory over the Jets.

Moore, Miami's most valuable player in 2011, finished Sunday's win with a fine passer rating of 96.6. Moore lost a battle this summer with Tannehill for the No. 1 job.

"The majority of my career, I've been a backup," Moore said. "I just prepare and know that the opportunity can come at any time. When you get in there, manage the game, don't turn the ball over, but at the same time take your shots and make big plays. That's just how I approach it."

Three consecutive victories have left the Dolphins (4-3) above .500 for the first time under coach Joe Philbin, and they begin preparations for Sunday's game at Indianapolis in the thick of the AFC playoff race.

The Dolphins, who trail only New England (5-3) in the AFC East, have benefited from a fairly easy schedule thus far. They might be favored in the next four games before tough back-to-back challenges against the Patriots and San Francisco in early December.

"We've always known the kind of team we are," Moore said. "We've always had belief in ourselves. People are going to say what they're going to say, but this is a good team. There are great character guys in this locker room. These guys are going to play their hearts out for 60 minutes. A lot of times, that's going to end with positive things."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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