MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- With first-team quarterback David Garrard out for up to a month, Dolphins quarterback of the future Ryan Tannehill had a promising preseason debut Friday night.
Tannehill completed 14 of 21 passes for 167 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown to tight end Charles Clay in the third quarter for Miami's only score in a 20-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 26 in the AP Pro32).
Garrard was scheduled to start after being listed first on the depth chart, but his agent confirmed Friday he's slated to have knee surgery. His absence is likely to knock him out of the three-way battle for the starting quarterback job he was waging with Tannehill and Matt Moore, who started the last 12 games last season for Miami (No. 27 in the AP Pro32).
Dolphins starting linebacker Kevin Burnett also missed the game despite taking part in warm-ups. Backup offensive lineman Nate Garner was helped off the field in the fourth quarter after sustaining an ankle injury.