With first-team quarterback David Garrard down four to six weeks with a knee injury suffered when playing in the pool with his kids and second-string quarterback Matt Moore being a puppet and all, the Miami Dolphins will turn to first-round rookie pick Ryan Tannehill to start tonight's preseason game at Carolina.
The rookie has been practicing with the first-team all week, sparking debate from fans and media about whether the Fins would throw their young franchise player to the wolves so early. It appears so. Cue shots of Lauren Tannehill cheering him on throughout the game on Hard Knocks.
Tannehill was impressive in his pro debut last week in the Fins' 20-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went 14-for-21 for 167 yards, led the team to its only touchdown of the night, and led to more people debating whether his wife is hot or not.
Of course, most of that came against Tampa's second- and third-stringers. Tonight, Tannehill will be facing Carolina's first-team defense.
If Tannehill comes through with a solid performance, the Dolphins will be under pressure to name him the week-one starter. That would be bananas, given the QB situation when Miami first started camp. Garrard and Moore were supposed to compete for the starter's job while Tannehill sat and learned and got them coffee.
Either way, let's hope his offensive line doesn't let him get murdered tonight.
Look for our Dolphins-Panthers preview later today.