The Dolphins were cruising against the Cardinals on Sunday through nearly three quarters. And then disaster struck.
With just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill exited the game with a knee injury. He did not return.
The reason Tannehill was sidelined? A low, dangerous hit within the pocket by Cardinals defense end Calais Campbell, who was fined for a low hit on Cam Newton earlier this season (He did, however, apologize for that hit).
Below, you’ll see Tannehill limping his way to the locker room.
When the quarterback returned to the sideline, he was visibly upset and was receiving hugs from his teammates:
Ryan Tannehill is wiping tears from his eyes and taking hugs from his teammates on the sideline. Emotional scene.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 11, 2016
Before Tannehill left the game, he helped guide the Dolphins to a 21-9 lead by completing 15 of 20 passes for 195 yards, three touchdowns and one interception (and the most hilariously awful pass perhaps in NFL history). He was replaced by Matt Moore.
Under Adam Gase’s guidance, Tannehill has shown promise that he can develop into a more consistent quarterback. He entered the game with a career-highs in completion percentage (66.7) and yards per attempt (7.6).