Any uncertainty about Ryan Tannehill’s health coming off knee surgery has quieted, and he’s expected to practice every day as the Dolphins launch four straight weeks of Organized Team Activities and minicamp.
The team was still working with the medical and training staff a few weeks ago to determine the proper course for him once practice started, and a league source said the plan is to turn him loose for all 13 sessions with no restrictions. The Dolphins will monitor him thoroughly for anything out of the ordinary or any warning signs like unexpected soreness, but they are not scheduling off days for him as of now.
When OTAs begin Tuesday, Tannehill will get his most legitimate on-field work since going down in training camp last summer. He is also expected to speak to the media for the first time in more than nine months at some point during the next few weeks.
Tannehill initially suffered a Grade-2 MCL sprain in his left knee in a December 2016 game and rehabbed the injury in time to practice last May. It gave out on him in training camp heading into last season, and he underwent season-ending surgery.
While the Dolphins moved on to Jay Cutler as a stopgap, Tannehill stayed completely in tune to what the offense was doing by watching practice, sitting in meetings and being on the sideline next to coach Adam Gase during games. He also did a good amount of his recovery training in public view before games and during practices and was running stairs in Baltimore before a game last October.
His progress has been impressive behind the scenes over the last few months as well.
“I’ve seen a guy that’s very confident,” Gase said two weeks ago. “I know he’s excited to get back out there. I know us as coaches, we’re excited to have him out there. He’s just really smooth with the operation that we’ve been able to do as far as what we’re doing in practice or those throwing sessions. It just feels smooth.”
Tannehill, who turns 30 in July, posted some career-highs in his first season playing for Gase and put up an eight-game run in which he registered a 100.1 passer rating before hurting his knee.
Miami is making a sizable bet on him resuming that level of play after opting not to add a proven backup in free agency or draft a promising rookie. David Fales and Brock Osweiler are the main contenders for the No. 2 job, and waiver claim Bryce Petty is the fourth quarterback on the roster.
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