Miami Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill will have season-ending knee surgery

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill talks with Jay Cutler during warmups before pre-season game against Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

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

Tannehill re-injured an anterior cruciate ligament in a recent training camp practice and will be placed on injured reserve, just as he was at the end of last season.

Tannehill, in collaboration with the Dolphins organization and multiple doctors, decided to bypass surgery and choose rehabilitation and stem cell surgery after Tannehill injured the knee last December against Arizona.

The Dolphins and Tannehill were hoping his knee, with the aid of a brace, would be stable enough to last the season. Tannehill had repeatedly said he was not concerned about the knee or his decision to pass on surgery.

Coach Adam Gase believes Tannehill can and will help new quarterback Jay Cutler adjust to his projected role as starter. Cutler is fortunate that Tannehill and backup Matt Moore are regarded as unselfish teammates.

Tannehill had the best year of his career in 2016 with the aid of Gase, who calls Miami’s offensive plays.

The Dolphins have Tannehill under contract at very reasonable salary cap hits of $19.8 million, $21 million and $19.5 in 2018, ’19 and ’20.

Technically the Dolphins could let Tannehill go with a cap hit of only $4.6 million before next season. But Gase and Dolphins are confident in Tannehill’s abilities and are hopeful he will be ready to resume his place as the Dolphins’ starter next year.

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