Sept 9, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

Dolphins Vs. Texans: Ryan Tannehill Struggles As Miami Falls 30-10

Ryan Tannehill struggled in his debut as the Miami Dolphins fall to the Houston Texans 30-10.

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NFL Injury Report: Concussion Could Sideline Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas

Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas suffered a concussion in the second quarter of his team's game against Houston on Sunday and may not be available in Week 2. Thomas was injured on a hit by Texans safety Glover Quin; the hit caused a fumble, which the Texans recovered and quickly converted into points.

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Miami head coach Joe Philbin spoke about Thomas on Monday but declined to offer any specifics. The team will release an updated status report on Wednesday.

Thomas finished the game with three carries for 11 yards and one reception for 32 yards. His absence could mean that rookie Lamar Miller gets his first opportunity to play.

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Dolphins Vs. Texans 2012: Ryan Tannehill Has Work To Do

The Miami Dolphins lost 30-10 to the Houston Texans on Sunday, and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was not at his best. Several of his passes were tipped at the line of scrimmage, and in discussing the matter after the game, SB Nation's The Phinsider noted that part of the problem was Tannehill's failure to look off defenders:

On two of the deflections, I saw them coming from the stands. Tannehill has to change that. He has to look off defenders, and he has to make sure he is throwing the ball through a passing lane - not directly into a defender's arms.

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Two of those deflected passes resulted in interceptions. The Dolphins committed four turnovers on the day, which helped the Texans create some separation on the scoreboard.

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Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill Had Trouble With Tipped Passes In College

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill had trouble with tipped passes against Houston on Sunday, and it's a problem that dates back to his college career. As NFL scout Russ Lande wrote prior to April's NFL Draft, Tannehill tends to hold the ball low in the pocket:

"He holds the ball low on his chest while going through progressions," Lande wrote. "Further, he has a low release point at shoulder height, which causes him to pass like a shorter quarterback. Consequently, his passes get tipped at the line."

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Four of Tannehill's passes were tipped at the line by the Texans, and two of those resulted in interceptions; it was those turnovers that helped shift the game decisively in Houston's favor. Defensive end J.J. Watt was credited with three of the tips.

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Dolphins Vs. Texans Score: Houston Up 27-10 Through Three Quarters

After a disastrous second quarter -- really, it was just the last two minutes of the second quarter—the Miami Dolphins scored their first touchdown of the season and now trail the Houston Texans 27-10 through three quarters.

On the first drive of the second half, the Dolphins defense forced Houston to go three and out. Donnie Jones fired a 49-yard punt to the Miami 28, and Dolphins returner Marcus Thigpen returned it 72 yards for a touchdown with 13:30 left in the third.

Houston countered with an 11-play drive that ended with a 40-yard Shayne Graham field goal. Graham is now 2-of-3 on field-goal attempts Sunday with makes from 35 and 40 yards.

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Dolphins Vs. Texans Score: Houston Up 24-3 At Halftime After Late Barrage

The Houston Texans scored three times in the final two minutes of the second quarter to take a 24-3 lead into halftime against the Miami Dolphins.

Things are not going well for Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill in his first career start. He threw three interceptions in the first half, two of which led to touchdowns with less than two minutes until halftime. The Dolphins also fumbled in their own territory with less than a minute until the half, and that also led to a Houston touchdown.

On the first score, the Texans took over at their own 46-yard line after Brian Cushing intercepted Tannehill. The Texans converted two third downs on the ensuing drive, setting up an Arian Foster 14-yard touchdown run with 1:58 until halftime.

After the Texans' kickoff, Tannehill was intercepted on the first play of the drive; this time, it was Kareem Jackson with the pick. The new drive started at the Miami 27, and on the first play, Miami cornerback Richard Marshall was called for pass interference in the end zone.

Two plays later, Foster ran it in from two yards out for his second touchdown with 49 seconds left.

The Dolphins started another drive against the clock, this one at their own 30-yard line. And on the first play, running back Daniel Thomas fumbled. Danieal Manning recovered for the Texans at the 31. This time, the Texans scored on three plays, capped by a Matt Schaub 14-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson with seven seconds left.

Somehow, it could have been worse for the Dolphins. Just one drive earlier, Tannehill threw an interception near midfield that Jonathan Joseph returned down to the Dolphins 14-yard line. But Miami center Mike Pouncey was called for unnecessary roughness on the return, so Houston started a first-and-goal drive at the 7-yard line.

The Dolphins' defense stood tall and forced Houston to kick a field goal, which Shayne Graham made from 35 yards.

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Dolphins Vs. Texans Score: Miami Up 3-0 Through One Quarter

The Miami Dolphins are leading the Houston Texans after one quarter on a 39-yard Dan Carpenter field goal.

The Dolphins took the lead on their second drive of the game, the second drive in the career of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. After a Houston missed field goal—Shayne Graham missed from 52 yards, Miami took over at its own 42-yard line. Tannehill led the Dolphins into the red zone and as close as the Houston 14-yard line.

But on a third-and-two play, Reggie Bush fumbled. Miami tackle Jonathan Martin recovered at the 21, setting up the Carpenter field goal.

In the first quarter, Tannehill was 5 of 6 for 36 yards.

Houston running back Arian Foster, who was listed as questionable with a knee injury, had four carries for 20 yards. He was also targeted for one pass, but it fell incomplete.

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Dolphins Vs. Texans 2012: Game Preview, Kickoff Time, TV Schedule And More

The Dolphins open up their season against the Texans.

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Dolphins Vs. Texans Injury Report: Houston Banged Up For Opener

The Miami Dolphins open the 2012 NFL season on the road Sunday against the Houston Texans, and the Dolphins' injury report reads much thinner than their opponent's.

The only player listed as questionable on the official injury report for the Dolphins is second-string defensive end Tony McDaniel (toes, knees). Wide receiver Brian Hartline, guard John Jerry, offensive tackle Jake Long, linebacker Koa Misi, defensive end Derrick Shelby and linebacker Jason Trusnik are all listed as probable. Jerry, Long and Misi are all first-string players, and they all participated in practice on Friday.

Houston's injury report goes a bit deeper. Questionable are running back Arian Foster (knee) and linebackers Brooks Reed (hip) and Bryan Braman (hamstring). Among those listed as probable for the Texans are defensive tackle Shaun Cody, wide receiver Andre Johnson, linebacker Brian Cushing, tight end Owen Daniels, safety Shiloh Keo, center Chris Myers, running back Ben Tate and defensive end J.J. Watt.

Foster and Reed were both injured during practice Thursday. Foster left practice early Thursday after complaining of knee soreness. An MRI was negative, but he did not practice Friday.

The Dolphins kick off against Houston on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Arian Foster A Game-Time Decision Sunday Vs. Dolphins

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will be a game-time decision for Sunday's season opener against the Miami Dolphins, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said during a media availability after practice Friday.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Kubiak said he's optimistic Foster will play. But McClain tweeted that Kubiak "didn't sound real encouraging" when discussing Foster's status.

Foster was pulled from practice after complaining of knee soreness Thursday, Kubiak said, and he did not practice Friday. An MRI was already taken on Foster's knee, and the results didn't find anything to worry about.

Linebacker Brooks Reed was also injured in a non-contact drill Thursday and did not practice Friday, and he's also a game-time decision for Kubiak against the Dolphins.

Foster led the NFL in rushing yards and touchdowns in 2010, and he rushed for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games last season.

If Foster were to miss Sunday's game, the Texans' primary rusher would be Ben Tate. Tate ran for 942 yards and four touchdowns last season as a rookie.

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Dolphins Hope For A Quick Start

The Miami Dolphins are painfully adjusted to slow starts, but new coach Joe Philbin is trying to break the habit.

The Dolphins are now practicing faster under the first-year head coach—the former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator who took a high-scoring, Aaron Rodgers-led offense to a Super Bowl win—in hopes that a slow start in Week 1 doesn't turn into a season lost before it's half over.

Last season, the Dolphins started their season with seven straight losses. Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald dug up more on the Dolphins' early-season woes in recent years:

The Dolphins have been dreadful early on in recent years. Since 2002, they have gone 11-21 in September, including 3-7 in road openers.

Three times in the past decade, they have gone winless through at least the first six games of the year.

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"I don't know if I'd wish the beginning of last year on my worst enemy," said tight end Anthony Fasano, one of roughly three-dozen players who lived though last year's debacle.

"But you've got to learn your lesson from it. Building some confidence and momentum early on is big for us."

One problem with the Dolphins' wish for a fast start in Week 1 is that they play on the road against the Houston Texans, who are favored to win by anywhere from 12 to 14 points. The Texans are considered to be one of the top teams in the AFC; they certainly return a lot from last year's AFC South championship team.

Part of Philbin's rationale for running a fast practice is so that the team can play fast, yes, but also to build mental toughness for any kind of adverse situation his team will face. So even if the Dolphins don't win Sunday, the hope is that it won't snowball into something more significant.

The Dolphins kick off against Houston on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

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David Garrard's Return To Practice Could Make Matt Moore Trade Bait

David Garrard signed with the Miami Dolphins in the offseason, and expectations were that he would be the starter at quarterback. Unfortunately, Garrard has missed significant time in the preseason after undergoing knee surgery on August 12th. Since then, rookie Ryan Tannehill has taken over the top spot at QB for the Dolphins.

The veteran QB returned to practice Monday, and Kevin Nogle of SB Nation's The Phinsider says that may impact Matt Moore's future in Miami:

The absence of Garrard, who was expected to be named the starter for the Dolphins this season, opened the door for rookie Ryan Tannehill to grab the top depth chart slot. Currently, the Dolphins have four quarterbacks on their roster, with Matt Moore and Pat Devlin joining Garrard and Tannehill.

If Garrard can prove he is healthy, it could make Moore expendable. NFL teams have reportedly already been calling the team to judge if there is any interest in trading the team's 2011 starting quarterback

Garrard completed 63% of his passes for 23 touchdowns as the starter for Jacksonville a season ago. Moore connected on 61% of his throws for 16 touchdowns.

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