Ryan Tannehill Injury: Updates on Dolphins Star's Knee and Recovery

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins passes during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Hard Rock Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill's season ended after injuring his knee in Week 14. The injury occurred when Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell hit him in the leg. The Dolphins feared the QB had torn his ACL, but he was diagnosed with a sprain, and it's uncertain if he'll need surgery.

Continue for updates.


Latest on Potential Surgery for Tannehill

Monday, Jan. 30

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that "Tannehill is not believed to need ACL reconstruction prior to '17 season, sources say. MRI today to confirm the good news." Rapoport also provided additional details on Tannehill's rehab:

But at this point, after countless strengthening and rehab exercises, Tannehill's knee is stable enough to feel confident going into the season, per sources.

Tannehill's MCL, which was also damaged in the late-season hit, is actually giving him more problems than the ACL. MCL sprains aren't fixed surgically, and he will be fine long before the season.

Tannehill has even played basketball as part of rehab to work on sudden movements, and his knee has held up well. He will likely wear a brace while playing going forward, but there is not the feeling of looseness in the knee that indicates more surgery is needed.

Tannehill had a healing procedure done by Dr. James Andrews a few weeks following the injury, and he may head to Germany for a knee procedure called Regenokine, a form of platelet-rich plasma therapy made famous by Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Essentially, it takes a patient's blood, spins it to separate the platelets, then is re-injected into the knee.

Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum told reporters on Jan. 25 that the team still hasn't made a final decision on if Tannehill will undergo surgery.

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase told reporters on Dec. 12 surgery is not an option for Tannehill, who sprained his ACL and MCL.


Tannehill Has Had Up-and-Down Career with Dolphins

In his fifth season as the Dolphins' starting signal-caller, the 28-year-old Texas A&M product finished with 2,995 passing yards and 19 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.

Tannehill showed flashes of brilliance in each of his first two NFL seasons and came into his own in 2014. He set career highs across the board with 4,045 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, a 66.4 completion percentage and 311 rushing yards. His 12 interceptions were also the fewest he had thrown in a single campaign.

Even greater improvements were expected in 2015, but his completion percentage fell to 61.9 percent, he threw just 24 touchdown passes and Miami disappointed with a 6-10 record.

                

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