Report: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill not expecting full ACL reconstruction

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill walks off the field wearing a knee brace before game against the Patriots on Jan. 1. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill walks off the field wearing a knee brace before game against the Patriots on Jan. 1. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

The Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill believe he will not need full ACL reconstruction surgery as he recovers from a season-ending knee injury, NFL Network reported today. That’s a positive as the team tries to get him ready for next season.

Tannehill sprained the ACL and MCL in his left knee on a hit from Calais Campbell on Dec. 11, and his rehabilitation status has been murky ever since. He was working toward playing the week of Miami’s playoff game at Pittsburgh, but a week later the team remained unsure how serious the injury was. Surgery might still be necessary, but the full ACL reconstruction procedure would have jeopardized his availability for the start of the season.

The NFL Network report said Tannehill will undergo an MRI today, but already has enough stability in his knee to play basketball and should be ready for next season.

Last week, Dolphins vice president Mike Tannenbaum said the team had no timeline for his recovery and couldn’t say definitively that Tannehill would be back for the beginning of training camp in July or the season in September.

“Every player recovers differently from procedures,” Tannenbaum said. “We wanted to take the benefit of knowing that we have no more games to play to try to get as much information as we can and make the best decision at the appropriate time.”

Tannehill was having one of his best seasons prior to getting hurt. He set career-highs in completion percentage (67.1) and passer rating (93.5). Matt Moore came in for him and went 2-1 as the starter before the Dolphins got manhandled by Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

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