DAVIE, Fla. — Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said he regrets the distraction he created by being non-committal on whether quarterback Ryan Tannehill will start Sunday in London against the Oakland Raiders.
Philbin was contrite Thursday, though he still didn’t announce his starter.
“One of the functions of the head coach is to create an atmosphere free from distractions,” Philbin said Thursday. “And to the degree that I contributed to any of those distractions, intended or not doesn’t really matter, that falls on me. It’s my responsibility so certainly I accept that responsibility as a head coach.
“Really, that’s all I have to say on it.”
When asked at the end of his news conference if Tannehill will start, Philbin only said he had already covered the topic.
Though Tannehill said Wednesday that Philbin has made it clear to him where he stands, he wished his coach had handled the situation differently. Tannehill conceded that initially it wasn’t a good feeling having to deal with the outside distraction.
Tannehill has said he expects to take the first snap of the game and has been practicing with the first team all week. Backup quarterback Matt Moore confirmed his routine hadn’t changed from Week 1.
Family, friends remember Bironas: So many family, friends and former teammates mourned Rob Bironas on Thursday that more than 30 people sat in an overflow area outside the funeral home with the service streamed on a video board.
Bironas, 36, died Saturday in single-vehicle crash. There are 911 calls describing him as the man trying to chase and run people off the road before his accident where police say he was speeding when he lost control in a curve, crashing into a line of trees near his home.
Bironas’ wife Rachel was comforted at the funeral by her father, Terry Bradshaw.
QB Locker’s status uncertain: Titans quarterback Jake Locker’s status for Sunday’s game with the Colts remains uncertain as he deals with an injured right wrist.
Locker didn’t practice Thursday. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said “he’s getting better” and that “I guess he’s got a shot until he doesn’t have a shot.”
Whisenhunt said “probably Saturday will be the real determining day” in whether Locker can play.
Backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst said he’s ready if Locker can’t go.
LB Willis will play vs. Eagles: A wrist injury that limited San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis in practice will not prevent him from playing Sunday against the Eagles.
Defensive coordinator Rick Fangio said the linebacker’s “status is fine.” Fangio says Willis aggravated his wrist a bit but he doesn’t think it’s a long-range problem.
His health is a good thing for the 49ers — already down a pair of All-Pro linebackers — against the Eagles’ high-octane, energetic offense that thrives on a lightning-fast pace.
WR Decker ‘planning to play: Jets wide receiver Eric Decker says his ailing right hamstring is feeling better and he’s “planning” to play against the Detroit Lions.
Decker was limited Monday night against Chicago because of tightness in the hamstring, which made him a game-time decision. Decker could be in a similar situation for the game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
He said Thursday he can’t “promise anything,” but added he’s leaning toward the “positive side.”