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Dolphins practice notes: Eyes on QBs

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins (1-2) had their first practice of the week Tuesday in preparation for their Week 4 matchup against the Oakland Raiders (0-3) in London.

Here are some notes and observations:

  • All eyes were on Miami’s quarterbacks in practice. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin would not confirm quarterback Ryan Tannehill would start on Sunday, which left open to interpretation that his leash is getting shorter for the third-year quarterback. Interestingly, Philbin closely watched both Tannehill and backup quarterback Matt Moore during individual drills in practice. Teams drills are not open to the media during the regular season.

  • Dolphins Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey practiced again on Tuesday. He also practiced last week and appears closer to returning. Pouncey has targeted this game since training camp. But it’s also possible Pouncey could take advantage of the bye and take another two weeks off.

  • Miami starting middle linebacker Koa Misi and starting guard Shelley Smith did not practice in the portion open to the media. Misi missed last week’s game with an ankle injury and Smith missed it with a knee injury.