DAVIE — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase did not exclude the possibility quarterback Ryan Tannehill will still require surgery on a sprained ACL and MCL at a season-ending news conference Wednesday.
“We’re still going through the process with the trainers of where his health is,” Gase said. “How strong is his knee? We’re still collecting information. Doctors are still giving up what could possibly be down the road. It’s hard to say how much better can he get.”
Tannehill practiced in a limited basis last Friday and it was possible he could have returned to practice in full this week if Miami had upset Pittsburgh.
But despite the progress, nobody will say he won’t need surgery.
“We still don’t have all the exacts,” Gase said. “He’s still going through a rehab stage and doing what he can do with the trainers. Our doctors are evaluating. I don’t have the information to have exactly where we are at. Right now it is on our medical staff.”
Gase was asked specifically if it is known Tannehill will avoid major reconstructive surgery.
“I don’t even know,” Gase said. “I can’t answer that.”
One thing Gase does believe is Tannehilll made progress throughout the season.
“Next year is going to be a different animal for him,” Gase said. “We’re not starting from scratch.”
Gase was asked in what area Tannehill made the most growth.
“He has grown by making those plays where he’s had to escape from the pocket and escape or just run with the ball,” Gase said. “The more we can get him to be comfortable with the off-schedule plays the better we are.”
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