sat inside the practice facility watching Friday morning’s session with his left knee in a brace, and propped up on a chair.
There was a frown on his face, which obviously encapsulated his mood following Thursday’s setback, which could force Tannehill to have a surgical procedure he’s worked hard to avoid since December.
An MRI revealed Tannehill didn’t suffer ligament damage to his left knee when he went down and hyperextended the knee during Thursday’s practice. But there is concern about the stability of the knee, uncertainty about Tannehill’s timetable to return, and what course of action the team will take as far as treatment.
Tannehill will visit orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews in the coming days to determine whether or not he’ll need surgery.
Coach said Friday morning that there’s no timetable for when a decision needs to be made, and he acknowledged surgery is an option.
"We’re trying to make sure we have all the right information before we make a decision," Gase said. “Nothing is off the table … Right now ] is our quarterback. We’ll see where we go from there because I’ve got to figure out what’s going on with Ryan. We’ll make a decision after that."
It is possible Tannehill could spend the next month rehabilitating the knee, strengthening it with the goal of playing at some point this season. But there is concern that if he continues to play and practice on the knee, he could cause more damage to the partially torn anterior cruciate ligament, which he opted to not have surgically repaired back in December, after he went down with a season-ending injury during a game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Reconstructive surgery to a knee ligament generally sidelines an athlete for nine to 12 months.
Tannehill’s decision on how to treat his knee after the initial injury was one of the biggest topics of conversation this offseason. Tannehill had a stem cell procedure to promote healing, but he was adamant about not undergoing surgery because he wanted to be healthy enough to participate in all of the Dolphins’ offseason work.
Tannehill hyperextended the knee during the team’s first 11-on-11 session Thursday, when he scrambled to the right and fell — without — after the knee appeared to buckle.
Tannehill has worn a black knee brace during practices and said he would continue to wear it throughout the season. He looked athletic and mobile all spring and summer wearing the brace.
Tannehill completed 261 of 389 passes for 2,995 yards last season, with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, before missing the final three regular-season games and the wild-card playoff game against Pittsburgh. He had a career-best passer rating of 93.5 and a career-best completion percent of 67.1 in his first year under Gase.
Matt Moore produced a 105.6 passer rating in the four games he played as Tannehill’s replacement last year. He completed 63.2 percent of his passes, throwing for 721 yards and eight touchdowns.
If Tannehill’s injury does sideline him for a significant period, the Dolphins could look to add another veteran quarterback. Miami will add another quarterback to camp in the coming days, but Gase admits he hasn’t “gotten there yet.”
The top free agent QBs available are Jay Cutler (who has a close relationship with Gase stemming from their time in Chicago in 2015 but has committed to work as an analyst for Fox), former starter (whose political advocacy has made teams shy away from signing him) and (who struggled with injuries for the past few seasons).
According an ESPN report, Cutler is willing to put his television career on hold to play for Gase, but needs reassurances he’ll be the starter.
Kaepernick’s social stances, which gained attention nationally when he took a knee during the national anthem throughout last season, have made him a controversial figure. But Dolphins owner Steve Ross supported the four Dolphins players who joined Kaepernick in taking a knee during the anthem last season.
“A lot has been written about it, but you know owners, and coaches more specifically — they’ll do whatever it takes to win,” Ross said last week when asked if Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams. “If they think he can help him win, I’m sure they would sign him.”
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