Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a partially torn left ACL in practice Thursday, and the team is determining whether he'll undergo treatment or surgery to repair the knee, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reported Sunday.
According to Salguero, either course of action will keep Tannehill out for an extended period of time.
Tannehill suffered a sprained ACL and MCL in his left knee in December. He opted against having offseason surgery, and Schefter and ESPN colleague Jeff Darlington reported Friday that a source said Tannehill's knee was like "a ticking time bomb."
NFL Network's Rich Eisen summed up the roller coaster of emotions Dolphins fans experienced Thursday as they waited for updates regarding Tannehill's status:
Rich Eisen @richeisen
Today's Tannehill Twitter: Practice. Oh no! Cart. Looks bad. Don't know. Still don't know, which is bad MRI. Good! Sigh! Wait. It's bad.2017-8-4 04:10:52
Given how everything has unfolded, surgery seems like it would be the best course of action for Tannehill, even if that would erase any chance he could play during the 2017 season.
Salguero reported surgery is likely because Cutler wouldn't have signed with Miami if there were a chance the Dolphins' incumbent starter would return this year. He also noted Matt Moore is expected to back up Cutler.