Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill to undergo ACL surgery, miss season

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has chose to have season-ending ACL surgery on his left knee and will be placed on the injured reserve list, according to a league source.

Tannehill injured his knee in training camp on August 3, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Tannehill will be placed on injured reserve, the person said. You could argue that had Tannehill undergone the surgery, he could still be recovering, but Joe Flacco and Carson Palmer - both older than Tannehill - rebounded from similar surgical procedures to play at a high level the next season.

Tannehill initially suffered an injury to the knee in December, partially tearing the ACL.

Now he'll spend the 2017 season watching and rehabbing as his last-minute replacement Jay Cutler leads the Dolphins. The injury caused him to miss the final four contests, including the AFC Wild Card Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tannehill's $17.98 million salary for this year is fully guaranteed. They answered that question by signing Jay Cutler to a one-year, $10 million deal even before a decision had been made about surgery for Tannehill.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase played a significant role in convincing Cutler of the reasons he should play for the Dolphins. Cutler and Gase had a good rapport in Chicago, when Cutler arguably had his best season as a quarterback.

Tannehill completed 67.1 percent of his passes previous year, throwing for 2,995 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with a career-best 93.5 passer rating in 13 games.



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