Ryan Tannehill possibly out for season, surgery still on the table
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Despite initiatives to reduce padded practices and keep players safe, training camp can still be a dangerous affair. That was on full display Thursday when Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill injured his knee on a scramble attempt. It's the same ACL that he sprained down the stretch last season, and which many fans blamed for the team's early playoff exit. Now, Miami might be in for a similar situation.
According to CSNNE, some Fins insiders are scared that Tannehill might be out for the entire year. While some sources reported that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the knee, CSN said that the "results weren't definitive regarding the extent of the injury, and further assessment was expected Friday." After opting not to undergo surgery last season, he may require a season-ending procedure now to fully heal the injury.
Head coach Adam Gase said that surgery isn't off the table, and ESPN cited one source close to Tannehill who thought that "he's done." While he could decide to simply rest the knee for "six to eight weeks" before attempting a comeback, either way the point might be moot. Without their QB at the helm, Miami is likely in for a rough start to the year--and with an opening six-game slate that includes the Falcons, Titans, Saints, and Bucs, there will be almost no margin for error.
We'll have to wait for more information to come out regarding the full nature of the injury, but right now the outlook isn't good. If initial reports are correct, the Dolphins might have to wait another year to contend for a playoff spot.