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Miami Dolphins

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  Dolphins QB Cutler still in concussion protocol

Quarterback Jay Cutler remains in concussion protocol meaning the Miami Dolphins aren't sure who will be under center when they take the field at New England on Sunday. Backup quarterback Matt Moore took the first-team snaps in Wednesday's practice but head coach Adam Gase sounded helpless as he went over the situation.

He said he's not sure how far he can go with the uncertainty.

"I'm sure there will be a point I make a decision," Gase said. "I don't really know what the timetable is right now."

Gase, who said Monday that Cutler is the starter if he's healthy, said it's basically a waiting game.

"Really at the end of the day the (concussion) protocol tells us what the right thing is," he said.

Miami has been through this before at quarterback. Cutler sustained a rib injury in the third quarter of the 31-28 victory over the New York Jets and missed the rest of that game as well as the following game, a 40-0 loss at Baltimore.

Moore performed well in second halves against the Jets and Buccaneers, but he didn't so well against the Ravens. And he has a different style than Cutler, which caused problems with cadence last week when he relieved Cutler in the second half of Miami's 30-20 loss to Tampa Bay.

"We're ironing that out," Moore said.

Moore also plays at a different speed than Cutler.

"(Matt) plays fast," offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said. "He plays extremely fast, sometimes too fast. (Last) week there were a couple in the red zone that maybe he was too fast.

"But the ball is going to come out of there. His mind works fast, everything's moving fast, so I think that's probably a little bit different as far as the tempo of that goes, which is sometimes an advantage, sometimes a disadvantage."

Regardless, as Gase said Monday, Cutler will be the starter if he's healthy.

And it sounds as though Moore has resigned himself to accepting that fact.

"My role is what it is," he said. "When Ryan (Tannehill) was here, I was the backup. When they signed Jay, who knows what's going to happen, I became the backup again and it was defined.

"My role is what it is and I do my best to execute it, whatever it is. That's the way I roll with this thing."

SERIES HISTORY: 101st regular-season meeting. Dolphins lead series, 52-48. New England won the last meeting, 35-14, in last year's season finale in Miami. Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns as the Patriots took a 20-0 halftime lead. Miami QB Matt Moore had won his previous two starts in place of injured Ryan Tannehill.

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