Dolphins Rumors: Ryan Tannehill to Participate in OTAs After 2017 Knee Surgery

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2018

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill passes the ball during an NFL football training camp, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at the Dolphins training facility in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Nine months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is taking a big step back on his road to recovery. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Tannehill is expected to participate in organized team activities and "do everything."

Tannehill missed the entire 2017 season after injuring his knee during an August practice. Miami responded by signing former Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler, who played for Adam Gase when the now-Dolphins coach was the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. The season did not go as anyone in South Beach had hoped as the team struggled to a 6-10 record.

That came one year after Tannehill had helped Miami to a 10-6 record and earn a wild-card berth.

In 13 games in 2016, he threw for 2,995 yards on a career-high 67.1 completion percentage. He also had 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

A lot has changed since the last time he played in a game, however. The Dolphins have undergone a roster makeover this offseason, parting ways with the likes of Ndamukong Suh, Jarvis Landry, Mike Pouncey and Julius Thomas. Veterans Frank Gore and Danny Amendola are among the new faces the signal-caller will have to work on establishing a bond with.

Tannehill, now 29 years old, will now look to prove to everyone he is healthy. It was just three years ago the former eighth overall pick signed a six-year, $95 million extension that included $77 million in new money and would keep him in Miami through the 2020 season.

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