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DAVIE, Fla. — It’s only Week 4 and the Miami Dolphins have an astounding 16 players on their injury report.

Four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster is out for Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a groin injury, and Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey hasn’t played all season after hurting his left hip in the summer. Even backup center Anthony Steen (ankle) is doubtful, meaning Miami likely will start third-string center Kraig Urbik.

The passing game is limited with starting tight end Jordan Cameron out with a concussion, and receivers Jarvis Landry (shoulder) and DeVante Parker (hamstring) are both playing through ailments.

With so many injuries and uncertainty, the time is now for Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill to be a difference maker.

Franchise quarterbacks often find a way to elevate their team through hardship. Tannehill has a chance to make that kind of statement in a nationally televised game against the Bengals (1-2), who have made the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.

“It’s a big game for us,” said Tannehill, who is 2-0 against the Bengals in his career. “Where we’re at in the season, we’re in the fourth game, being 1-2 on the road for ‘Thursday Night Football.’ It’s a big stage, and it’s going to be a fun game. It’s going to be a fun atmosphere.”

Ryan Tannehill(Ryan Tannehill Jersey) is 30-37 as a starter and can no longer be a spoke in the wheel. His $96 million contract is the second-highest behind defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh ($100 million) and dictates that Tannehill develops into the engine that drives the Dolphins. Miami also is financially tied to Tannehill through at least next year because it committed $45 million in guarantees during the first three seasons (2015-17) of his contract extension.

Dolphins rookie head coach Adam Gase has a proven track record with quarterbacks and has full confidence Tannehill will reach his potential under his system. The early results have been mixed through three games.

Tannehill has an 88.8 passer rating, which is 17th in the NFL, and has thrown for 892 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Miami’s offense has scored just one touchdown in the first half, is converting on just 29.4 percent of third downs and is getting drilled in average time of possession (34:57 to 25:03).

Not everything can be pinned on the quarterback, and there are a variety of reasons for Miami’s offensive struggles. The aforementioned injuries are a factor, and there are poor details — such as missed assignments and bad route depth by receivers — that need to be cleaned up as the team goes through the growing pains of learning a new system.

“I think everything will start coming together as far as hooking up with the wideouts and tight ends and running backs, everybody being on the same page,” an optimistic Gase said. “It’s kind of like that first year of an offense where you have these minor glitches that are critical to get them fixed fast, because it can cost you a game.”

Tannehill’s biggest asset to date is his toughness.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, no quarterback has been sacked more times than Tannehill (190) since the start of the 2012 season. Tannehill also is the third-most-hit (387) quarterback in that span. Yet, Tannehill has never missed a start and will play in his 68th consecutive game for Miami on Thursday night.

But toughness can only take Tannehill so far. At some point the Dolphins quarterback must carry and uplift the franchise through tough stretches like this one in order to get the team where it wants to be.

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Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez(Jose Fernandez Jersey) was killed in a boating accident in Florida early Sunday morning.

Spokesman Lorenzo Veloz of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a news conference Sunday that Fernandez, 24, was one of three men killed in the accident.

The Coast Guard arrived on the scene around 3 a.m. to find a 32-foot boat upside down on a jetty off Miami Beach. Two of the victims were found dead under the vessel. One was found dead in the water. None of the deceased was wearing a life vest.

Fernandez died from trauma — not drowning, Veloz said.

The names of the other two individuals initially were withheld pending notification of relatives, the Coast Guard said. On Monday, the Miami-Dade medical examiner confirmed to ESPN that the names of the others were Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25.

No further details could be provided on their connection to Fernandez because the case remains under investigation. However, the next of kin have been notified, the spokesperson said.

Speed is suspected to be a factor in the accident because of the impact with the jetty, Veloz said. There was no evidence of alcohol or illegal drug use.

“It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it,” Veloz said. “It does appear to be that they were coming at full speed when they encountered the jetty and the accident happened.”

Veloz said Sunday the boat was owned by a friend of Fernandez’s, but on Monday the FWC said in a statement that the registered owner of the vessel was Fernandez.

The Marlins announced that Sunday’s game at home against the Atlanta Braves was canceled. A 16 — Fernandez’s uniform number — was painted on the mound at Marlins Park on Sunday morning, and flowers rested on the rubber. Major League Baseball announced that there would be a league-wide moment of silence before each of Sunday’s games.

“Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said in a statement. “Jose left us far too soon, but his memory will endure in all of us. At this difficult time, our prayers are with his mother, grandmother, family and friends.”

Marlins president David Samson said in a news conference that Monday’s game against the New York Mets will be played as scheduled. He said Fernandez will be a member of the Marlins “all time.”

“The way he played this game, the way he was on the field, that’s a way how these guys can honor him,” Samson said.

Manager Don Mattingly and some Marlins players broke down during Sunday’s news conference. Mattingly said Fernandez played with the “joy” of a “little boy.”

Slugger Giancarlo Stanton didn’t speak but later posted a tribute on Instagram.

Following the news conference, buses took Marlins players and executives to Fernandez’s mother’s home so they could offer her support and condolences.

“That smile I’m not going to see anymore. That personality and that love of the game, the love of everything, really. He was so accessible too,” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said at Marlins Park after Sunday’s game was canceled. “The Marlins were done with batting practice [Saturday], but he was still out here talking to everybody and having a great time.”

The Tampa Bay Rays canceled a scheduled pregame ceremony to recognize retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, per his wishes, after Sunday’s tragedy. Ortiz was seen in tears during the moment of silence before Sunday’s game in Tampa, Florida.

“I don’t have the words to describe the pain I feel,” Ortiz said.

The Miami Dolphins held a moment of silence for Fernandez before their game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Fernandez announced on Instagram last week that his girlfriend is pregnant. The Marlins announced during Sunday’s news conference that the baby is a girl.

“All of Baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández,” Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life.”

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark also released a statement Sunday morning: “We are devastated by the news that Jose Fernandez has tragically passed. Jose was a remarkable young man and a tremendously gifted athlete, who at just 24, established himself as one of the game’s biggest and brightest stars. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jose’s family, friends, teammates, Miami Marlins organization and legions of fans in the United States and Latin America.”

Fernandez’s next start had been pushed from Sunday to Monday to make room for Adam Conley’s return from the disabled list.

Fernandez immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 2008, after three failed defection attempts, and settled in Tampa, Florida. He became a United States citizen last year. He was a 2011 first-round pick, taken 14th overall by the Marlins, out of Tampa’s Alonso High School.

At Citi Field in New York, fellow Cuban Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets hung a team jersey with Fernandez’s name and No. 16 on the back in the dugout. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who is also Cuban, hung a Dodgers jersey with Fernandez’s name and No. 16 in Los Angeles’ dugout.

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler played with Fernandez when the two were growing up in Cuba. They traveled together to Venezuela for a youth tournament, and Soler said Fernandez’s ability was obvious, right from the start.

“Since he was a child, since we were kids, I knew he had something,” Soler said through a translator. “He had a talent. It was very impressive.”

Fernandez was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA this season, earning his second appearance in the All-Star Game. Fernandez, who was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2013, was 38-17 with a 2.58 ERA in 76 career starts for the Marlins.

Third baseman Martin Prado said Sunday that Fernandez told one of his Marlins teammates that his last start against the Washington Nationals “was his best ever, and now he’s gone.” In that start, Fernandez pitched eight innings and struck out 12 as he allowed just three hits in a 1-0 Marlins victory.

Fernandez joins a long list of active baseball players to die in accidents. Cleveland Indians pitchers Tim Crews, 31, and Steve Olin, 27, were killed in a boating accident in Clermont, Florida, on March 22, 1993. Indians pitcher Bobby Ojeda was also on the boat and lost four pints of blood, but he survived.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — While the New England Patriots entered Thursday night’s game against the Houston Texans with rookie Jacoby Brissett(Jacoby Brissett Jersey) as their starting and only quarterback, they were boosted by the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski initially injured his hamstring on Aug. 15 in a joint practice with the Chicago Bears. He had returned to practice on a limited basis Aug. 24, and has been limited since. On Tuesday, he said he was feeling “decent” before adding, “Obviously you just don’t wake up and you’re 100 percent, but I’m satisfied with the improvements.”

He noted that his game status would be a “coach’s decision, a trainer’s decision” and that “we’ll all come together.”

Gronkowski has roster bonuses in his contract that earn him $31,250 per game that he is active. In his absence the first two games, Martellus Bennett played 149 of a possible 151 offensive snaps. The Patriots have planned to pair Gronkowski and Bennett as a one-two combo that they hope creates matchup issues for opponents.

Meanwhile, at quarterback, the Patriots don’t have Garoppolo in uniform Thursday.

Garoppolo, who sprained the AC joint in his right throwing shoulder on Sunday, was officially listed as inactive for the game.

That leaves the club with just Brissett at quarterback on its roster. The third-round draft pick from NC State replaced Garoppolo in Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins and has worked as the starter in the days leading up to Thursday’s game.

Julian Edelman, who played quarterback at Kent State before the Patriots switched him to receiver in 2009 after drafting him in the seventh round, would likely be the team’s top emergency option. Texans coach Bill O’Brien said earlier this week that he remembers Edelman working at quarterback at times in practice during O’Brien’s tenure as a Patriots assistant.

Patriots linebacker and defensive signal caller Dont’a Hightower was also inactive for the second straight game. Hightower hurt his knee in the team’s season opener.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson(Adrian Peterson Jersey) suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee during Sunday’s 17-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Monday.

Zimmer, who said a timetable for Peterson’s return is uncertain, did not rule out the running back playing this week and said the team is looking at several options.

“He’s sitting down with the doctors and [head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman],” Zimmer said.

Peterson slightly twisted his knee at the end of a 5-yard run. His right foot was briefly stuck under the upper leg of Kyler Fackrell as the Packers linebacker brought him to the ground. Peterson left with 3:32 to play in the third quarter.

He hobbled off the field with the assistance of athletic trainers. After being examined on the sideline, Peterson hopped through a field-level club at the team’s new stadium toward the Vikings’ locker room.

Upon arriving in the locker room, Peterson was quickly ruled out.

He was later seen using crutches with a large black brace around the knee.

The 2015 NFL rushing leader, who had just 19 carries for 31 yards last week against the Tennessee Titans, was injured on his longest run of the night.

He had gained only 19 yards on 12 carries, although his presence had helped Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford hit Stefon Diggs on a pair of long strikes when the Packers were loading up to stop Peterson.

Peterson suffered a devastating left knee injury in 2011 — tearing both his ACL and MCL — only to bounce back and rush for 2,097 yards in the 2012 regular season. If Peterson were unable to play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Vikings could turn to Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, who combined to run for 1,108 yards in 2014 while Peterson missed 15 games because of NFL discipline.

“I have a lot of confidence in those two guys,” Zimmer said. “They’re both different types of runners, but I think the combination of the two can help us.”

The injury to Peterson is the latest blow to the Vikings, who saw quarterback Teddy Bridgewater tear multiple knee ligaments on Aug. 30 and started the season with two different quarterbacks after trading for Bradford on Sept. 3. The Vikings, though, are 2-0 and in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

“Everything we do is for the team. We’re not going to be the only team to have injuries,” Zimmer said. “So we’re going to keep plugging away.”

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars running back Chris Ivory(Chris Ivory Jersey) was released from a local hospital Tuesday, and the team says his status Sunday for an away game against the San Diego Chargers remains uncertain.

Ivory had been hospitalized since Sunday morning for what the team said was a general medical condition and later described as a non-football injury.

He had been limited in practice last week with a calf injury, but the reason for his hospitalization was unrelated.

The Jaguars released a statement Tuesday afternoon that said Ivory was doing well.

Ivory posted to Instagram that he “can’t wait to be back with my teammates.”

Ivory signed a five-year, $32 million contract with the Jaguars in March. He rushed for 4,031 yards and 24 touchdowns in six seasons with the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets.

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Former Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall(Brandon Marshall Jersey) said in an interview with The MMQB that he believes his in-season television work on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” played a role in Chicago’s decision to trade him to the New York Jets in the 2015 offseason.

“When I sat down with [general manager] Ryan Pace and coach John Fox, we met, and I asked, ‘What do you guys think about this?’ It was a big topic,” Marshall told the website. “And Ryan Pace said, ‘Well, we can do that in the offseason.’ So I was like, ‘Well, what about half the season?’ ‘No.’ ‘What about once or twice?’ ‘No.’ ‘What about bye week?’ ‘No, you can do that in the offseason.’

“Right then, I knew I wouldn’t be a Bear anymore, because I think that the business of the NFL is growing every single day, and players are being told to stay in a box and just play football, and we’re missing out on a lot of opportunities, not only to grow as men and businessmen but to experience different things.”

In March 2015, the Bears traded Marshall and a seventh-round pick to the Jets for a fifth-round choice.

Marshall declined to elaborate on his relationship with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, but the two men did not appear to be on the same page at the end of Marshall’s tenure in Chicago.

Despite playing only three seasons for the Bears, Marshall is eighth in franchise history in receptions (279) and 12th in receiving yards (3,524).