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Dolphins Ryan Tannehill To Miss Significant Time, May Need Season Ending Surgery

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The roller coaster flurry of news regarding the left knee of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill took another twist today.

Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports that Tannehill will miss significant time with his left knee injury, suffered yesterday during a non-contact drill during practice.

The report says that the Dolphins and Tannehill will decide in the coming days whether Tannehill will opt for weeks of rest and treatment (which could take up to 2 months) or undergo season ending surgery.

Tannehill sustained a partially torn ACL and MCL last December and the decision against having surgery is now under heavy scrutiny and second guessing.

In the San Diego Tribune former San Diego Chargers team physician David Chao said that the decision should be 2nd guessed but that surgery may be the only option at this point.

“The knee has proven to be unstable,” Chao wrote. “Nine times out of 10, partial ACL ends up unstable and needing surgery. The hope with Tannehill was that he was the exception.”

“Hindsight is 20/20. There were undoubtedly reasonable medical factors that lead to a conservative care approach. Statistically, though, partial ACL tears are rare. Even if truly partial, the question is stability and the vast majority end up needing surgery. A brace can help with knee instability, but no brace can take the place of a ligament.

“Added to concern over Tannehill’s knee instability is the medial collateral ligament. Rarely do NFL sprains/tears need surgery, but commonly when they heal there is mild residual laxity. This accentuates any instability from the ACL. There are four main ligaments in the knee — like the four legs of a chair If a one leg is a little off, the chair rocks but is usable, but if a second leg is damaged, it becomes unusable.”

The Dolphins have options should Tannehill miss significant time or if his season is over.

ESPN reported that Fox announcer Jay Cutler would have interest in ending his retirement if the Dolphins brought him in as a starter and paid him as such.

Miami has also been linked to Colin Kaepernick, who reportedly has been discussed internally by the team.

Other free agent options include Robert Griffin III, Johnny Manziel, Thaddeus Lewis, Zach Mettenberger , Charlie Whitehurst, Sean Renfree and Aaron Murray.

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Ravens Signing Paul Worrilow

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The Baltimore Ravens are signing veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow pending a physical, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

Worrilow, 29, is expected to provide depth for the Ravens linebacker corps, and was recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Worrilow missed the 2018 season due to injury, and health concerns led to his recent cut from the Eagles.

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Chargers’ Placing Derwin James On IR

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The Los Angeles Chargers will place safety Derwin James on IR prior to Week 1 of the regular season, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

James underwent foot surgery on Thursday and there is currently not a timeline for his return to the field.

James suffered a stress fracture and is expected to need about 3 months worth of recovery time.

With the move to the injure reserve list, James is now eligible to return in Week 9, but may need more time than that.

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Patriots Not Interested in Trent Williams Trade

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The New England Patriots are not interested in a trade for Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

The Patriots have been tied to Williams since rumors started swirling that the Redskins were looking to trade the disgruntled Williams, who is currently staging a hold out.

There were rumors that the Pats were willing to trade a first rounder for Williams, but the Redskins turned it down.

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