Dolphins Fear Ryan Tannehill Needs Season-Ending Surgery

By Vincent Frank on Friday, August 4th 2017
Dolphins Fear Ryan Tannehill Needs Season-Ending Surgery

Thursday was an up-and-down day for the Miami Dolphins. It started with franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill going down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury. 

Then, after practice itself concluded, reports indicated that Tannehill didn't suffer structural damage to the same knee that saw him tear up his ACL late last year. Unfortunately, that news gave into reports indicating that the Dolphins themselves fear Tannehill will in fact need season-ending surgery. 

The issue here is that it looks like Tannehill, who did not have surgery on his knee following last seson's torn ACL, may have suffered a setback. To some, it was a ticking time bomb, one that might have simply gone off on during practice on Thursday. 

While we're no further along in terms of where Tannehill stands, this most definitely isn't good news. We can expect the Dolphins to take it slow with the process and come to an ultimate conclusion several days from now. 

But for now, one has to wonder if Tannehill will be out for the season. 

If that's the case, there's a few different scenarios that come to mind. First off, veteran backup Matt Moore will likely take over under center immediately. The 10-year veteran put up eight touchdowns compared to three interceptions while completing over 63 percent of his passes in three regular season starts last year. He knows the system, having spent the entire offseason working behind Tannehill. 

Though, Miami has at least internally kicked the tires on free agent Colin Kaepernick, who remains unsigned. The recently retired Jay Cutler has also potentially expressed interest if he would be given the starting job outright. 

Of those two, Kaepernick is obviously the better on-field choice if the Dolphins are forced to be without Tannehill for the season. He compiled 18 total touchdowns compared to four interceptions in San Francisco last season. 

With the talent Miami boasts in the form of running back Jay Ajayi as well as wide receivers DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry, there's every reason to believe Kaepernick can succeed in South Beach. Though, interest in his services could be somewhat marred the National Anthem protest he led last season with the 49ers. 

In any event, this is most definitely something to keep an eye on as their remainder of preseason fantasy drafts are conducted over the next few weeks. 

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