Only a few days into training camp, and the Miami Dolphins might have seen the worst of what the preseason can offer. The team fears that quarterback Ryan Tannehill might need season-ending surgery after suffering a non-contact knee injury to his left knee earlier on Thursday.
Reports are that the quarterback could need surgery following last season’s MCL and ACL injuries to the same knee, but nothing is definite at this point, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington. A source told the duo of Schefter and Darlington that the season is likely lost for Tannehill.
“He’s done, I think,” one source predicted Thursday night, referring to Tannehill’s hopes of returning this season.
There were many questions surrounding the decision Tannehill made in 2016 after suffering a knee injury late in the year, and those questions are becoming louder in the ears of the Dolphins and their quarterback.
Another source told ESPN that “His knee was ‘a ticking time bomb that was going to go off at any time.'” This, in itself, is pointing out what seems to be obvious for those that have suffered injuries like Tannehill’s. But some decisions will be second-guessed no matter who makes them.
Miami now has some decisions to make as Tannehill makes his, and they surround the most important position in the NFL. Lucky for the Dolphins, they have Matt Moore who has proven as a worthy fill-in quarterback in Tannehill’s absence.
But there are also some options that are available in free agency. Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler are both still looking for work and could provide some help on offense. With the hot-button topic of Kaepernick, it might make more sense for the Dolphins to select Cutler because he has played for coach Adam Gase before.
No matter what Miami and Tannehill decide to do, they will either have six to eight weeks to wait for their franchise quarterback to return, or an entire season which might feel like a combination of every natural disaster hitting them at the exact same time.
Nonetheless, decisions will be made that will have a major impact on the future of the Miami Dolphins and their starting quarterback.