Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ryan Tannehill Out For 2017 With Surgery On ACL

Ryan Tannehill Out For 2017 With Surgery On ACL

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will have season-ending knee surgery, according to a league source.

The 29-year-old initially injured his knee against the Arizona Cardinals in December, partially tearing the ACL. Tannehill opted against having the knee surgically repaired a year ago. The injury was similar to one that ended his 2016 season early, but the QB opted to not go under the knife that time around. Tannehill sustained the injury on August 3 on a non-contact play when he planted his left leg awkwardly while rolling to his right.

Gase and Tannehill seemed to develop a connection in 2016, but injuries are back-breaking in the National Football League and this could be a game-changer for the Dolphins. The Cutler signing signaled that this move was likely coming. While the Dolphins won't challenge the Patriots for the AFC East crown, they're improved roster gives them a chance to make their second straight playoff appearance if Cutler returns to form. The veteran QB had retired from the National Football League, prior to Miami's call.

The Dolphins signed Tannehill to a six-year, $96 million extension in May 2015 that signed him through the 2015 season. The Dolphins also have Matt Moore waiting to step in if necessary. After Jay Ajayi landed in the concussion protocol program, rookie Raekwon McMillan tore his ACL during the preseason opening game.

Now he'll miss the entire 2017 season.

Kickoff: Thursday, 7 p.m.; Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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