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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