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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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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger Talks Getting Back to ‘Normal’ Following Drama-Filled Offseason

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is opening up to the media about getting “back to normal” following what he calls a “crazy” past few years.

“It’s been a little crazy the last few years,” said Roethlisberger, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “Maybe moreso than usual that we’re used to dealing with, so to kind of get back to quote, unquote normalcy is kind of nice.”

Despite the losses of big talent such as Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, the future Hall of Famer is confident about this year’s team.

“I really am excited about what we have,” Roethlisberger said. “We put a lot of work in, and that’s what it’s gonna take. It’s gonna take a team effort, and we’re all gonna give everything we have and see where it goes. We can’t predict the future, but we can predict we’re gonna give everything we have.”

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Ravens’ Michael Pierce Explains Being Pulled from Minicamp

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Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Michael Pierce made some headlines when he was pulled from minicamp by head coach John Harbaugh for “a safety standpoint and for his own health.”

Now, Pierce is talking to the media to explain what exactly went down, and taking blame for it as well.

“Throughout the offseason, I tend to lift more than run,” Pierce said, during an appearance on WNSP-FM radio in Alabama (h/t ESPN’s Jamison Hensley). “Being a noseguard, I want to be strong or whatnot. I, honestly, just mismanaged my running a little bit.”

Pierce came into camp over 340 pounds, missed the Ravens’ offseason conditioning program and did not participate in voluntary workouts.

“Out of respect for Coach Harbaugh, he’s been nothing but a fair guy, he just wanted me to get in with the strength and conditioning staff and do more running before camp comes,” Pierce said.

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Chargers’ Mike Williams Looking to Make Impact in 2019

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams is looking to the 2019 season as his time to breakout.

Williams cites being more comfortable, and confident, as he heads into the 3rd season in the offense, as reasons why he believes he will take on a bigger role, while being more productive, in the Chargers’ offense this upcoming season.

“Well, this is my third year going into the offense,” said Williams, according to Ricky Henne of the Chargers’ team website.  “I’m a lot more confident coming out here and playing. My role is going to expand with Tyrell (Williams) leaving (to the Raiders). I’m looking forward to that. I’m ready to make some plays this upcoming season.”

The Chargers, and Williams, are hoping that he can step up in fill the void left by the departure of Williams.

“We lost a big weapon in Tyrell (so) a lot of people in the room have to step up,” Williams said. “I feel like me being the player that I am, I feel like I can do that… I feel like the role is going to change. I feel I’m going to get a lot more opportunities than I did last year. A lot more balls coming my way. I’m looking forward to it.”

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