The Dolphins are still waiting for further medical evaluation on Ryan Tannehill’s knee, but ESPN reports they are preparing for a wide range of outcomes—including the possibility that he is out for the season.
Tannehill reinjured his left knee on a noncontact play in Thursday’s practice and appears likely to miss significant time, at a minimum. At best, per ESPN’s report, he might be out 6-8 weeks, but the threat of season-ending surgery looms.
His 2016 season ended when a hit to his legs caused a partial tear of his ACL and a sprained MCL, and he and the team opted to rehab the injury rather than have surgery. The latter option would have sidelined him for this year. Now it might be in his best interest to have it surgically repaired.
If Tannehill is out two months, he will miss the first four games of the upcoming season. Surgery would shift the focus toward trying to get himself ready for next year’s training camp.
Matt Moore, an 11-year veteran, steps in for Miami as the starting quarterback, just as he did in Tannehill’s absence last year. The Dolphins also have Brandon Doughty, a developmental player that was on their practice squad last year, and fourth stringer David Fales.
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