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Report: Ryan Tannehill to start tonight for Dolphins

Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill will start for the Miami Dolphins tonight against the Carolina Panthers, broadcaster Dick Stockton first reported.

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Tannehill getting the nod in the team's second preseason game would seem to bode well for his chances of winning the starting job permanently. The Dolphins had a three-way battle going into training camp.

Veteran David Garrard, who was expected to start the team's first preseason game, is likely out for the rest of preseason with a knee injury.

Matt Moore is still competing with Tannehill, and he was solid last season. He threw 16 touchdowns and completed 60.5 percent of his passes.

But Tannehill has reportedly been impressive this fall. He is raw with only 19 starts for Texas A&M, but he played for offensive coordinator Mike Sherman (then the Aggies' head coach) and may know the offense better than anyone on the team.

His performance in the preseason should show whether he is close to being ready to start in the NFL or if he will need time on the sidelines first. Three fellow rookies -- the Colts' Andrew Luck, the Redskins' Robert Griffin III and the Browns' Brandon Weeden -- have already been named starters.

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