Dolphins backup CB Cordrea Tankersley out for the season after tearing ACL in practice

Miami Dolphins backup cornerback Cordrea Tankersley has a torn ACL, making him the ninth player on the team to suffer a season-ending injury.
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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins backup cornerback Cordrea Tankersley has a torn knee ligament, the ninth player on the team to sustain a season-ending injury.

“We can’t afford any more,” coach Adam Gase said Friday. He said the same thing Monday.

The Dolphins also disclosed that quarterback Ryan Tannehill‘s injury to his throwing shoulder is a capsule injury. He’ll miss his fourth game in a row Sunday against the New York Jets.

Tankersley has a torn anterior cruciate ligament. His loss could be magnified because starting cornerback Xavien Howard (ankle) is questionable for the game. Defensive end Charles Harris (calf) was ruled out, and receiver Kenny Stills (groin), and tight end A.J. Derby (foot) are questionable.

Tankersley had an important role on special teams. He was hurt in practice Thursday with no contact involved.

“He was just running with a guy and took a weird step,” Gase said.

Tankersley was placed on injured reserve, and center Jake Brendel was activated off injured reserve. Gase said the Dolphins won’t try to add a replacement at cornerback until after the Jets game.