The injury to Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has had a ripple effect longer than anyone could have imagined. With Tannehill undergoing knee surgery and out for the entire 2017 season, the Dolphins decided to turn to retired quarterback Jay Cutler on a one year contract.
The rub? Cutler had already agreed to become a part of Fox’s No. 2 broadcast team covering NFL games on Sunday. How would Fox scramble and put a team together now that he was suddenly going to be down on the field again?
Well, they’ve decided that the best action is no action at all.
On Tuesday, Fox announced their broadcast teams that will be covering games airing on their network for the 2017-18 football season. As expected, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman continue to hold down top billing in the Fox broadcast booth. The team that anticipated being made up of Kevin Burkhardt, analyst Charles Davis, and Jay Cutler is now minus one, but remains the same otherwise.
Burkhardt and Davis will serve in the booth while Pam Oliver reports from the sideline.
The rest of the Fox teams will feature names that are mostly familiar to fans, with a few additions. Notably, Mark Schlereth makes the leap from ESPN to Fox for his first season. Take a look at all of the teams below:
2017 Fox NFL Broadcast Teams
- Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
- Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
- Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber and Kristina Pink
- Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
- Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth and Shannon Spake
- Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
- Sam Rosen, David Diehl and Jennifer Hale
The NFL Preseason is already underway. With the first week of games in the books, it’s only three more weeks of games that nobody bothers to even pretend caring about before the real deal get going.
The Patriots will welcome the Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 7, marking the official kickoff of the 2017 NFL season. The rest of the games will be underway that Sunday.