Ryan Tannehill is in a leg cast, has slight ACL tear

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As the Dolphins prepare to face the Jets on a special edition of Thursday Night Football, Miami’s starting quarterback is recovering from a significant knee injury suffered six days ago against the Cardinals.

Per multiple sources, Tannehill’s left leg currently is in a cast. The cast has been added to assist with the healing of the MCL, a rope-like ligament that will repair itself over time, unless it’s fully torn.

As one source explained it, Tannehill has a Grade II MCL sprain, which entails significant tearing of the ligament, along with considerable pain and tenderness. In many cases, a Grade II MCL tear requires a 4-6 week recovery period.

The best news the Dolphins received in the aftermath of Tannehill’s injury is that the ACL in his left knee isn’t fully torn. There is, however, a slight tear of the ACL.

Tannehill nevertheless could play as early as Week 17, against the Patriots. He also could be placed on injured reserve and shut down for the year. For now, the team doesn’t know how the situation specifically will proceed — and the team won’t know until Tannehill is able to begin moving around on the leg.

There’s also a chance Tannehill will need reconstructive ACL surgery, since the slight tear in his ACL won’t heal on its own. As one source noted, it’s likely that many players in the NFL currently are performing with slight ACL tears that have no dramatically diminished the stability of the joint. With further injury, however, surgery can become necessary.

Ultimately, the Dolphins will be smart with Tannehill’s injury. He has shown this year that he can be the quarterback they envisioned when drafting him in 2012. Even if he can’t play again in 2016, they want to be sure he’ll be ready to go in 2017.

20 responses to “Ryan Tannehill is in a leg cast, has slight ACL tear

  1. Shut him down. After the humiliation Baltimore put on them it was clear The Dolphins are nothing but pretenders. Lay up on South Beach and enjoy watching The Patriots hoist number five.

  2. As much as I’d like to have him back this season, our main priority should be his long-term health and not letting it affect next season as well.

    Don’t try to play him this regular season but give it serious thought if they make the playoffs as the 6th seed.

  3. I’ve always believed that the Patriots sometimes have a “therapeutic” effect—i.e., it’s often “all hands on deck” vs. New England—on their injured opponents. Still, I would be surprised if Tannehill started against New England in Week 17. Then again, I didn’t think Philip Rivers would play in the 2007 AFC Championship game.

  4. Sure it is. I’ve been hearing that for fifteen years now. Apparently you missed Brady’s fourth quarter in that Super Bowl. I forgive you.

  5. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Dec 17, 2016 8:00 PM
    Get well soon Ryan, Dolphin nation of 15K easily already here tonight and ready to rock!

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    There is no such thing as Dolphins nation. It does not exist.

  6. silverhat78 says:
    Dec 17, 2016 8:41 PM
    72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Dec 17, 2016 8:00 PM
    Get well soon Ryan, Dolphin nation of 15K easily already here tonight and ready to rock!

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    There is no such thing as Dolphins nation. It does not exist.
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    Dolphins nation = 5 old dudes + chippy and his 14,994 alter egos

  7. Patriots aren’t hoisting jack. The reign is over….nice run you had, Seattle gifted you your last Lombardi you’ll get for a couple decades.

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    The lion does not concern himself with the opinion of the sheep.

  8. And yet, here you guys are trolling the page of a team you deem insignificant. I guess being a prick is just pathological for you guys, huh?

  9. bjchit says:
    Dec 17, 2016 9:24 PM
    And yet, here you guys are trolling the page of a team you deem insignificant. I guess being a prick is just pathological for you guys, huh?
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    Nah, ‘dolphins nation’ visits us so often we just like to return the favor from time to time.

  10. The only people you can listen to about his knee is Gase and his staff.
    These ass clowns reporting all sorts of information do it just for that, needless information.
    As a true Miami fan, we all have to be happy they have finally found a solid coach who can be with them for a long time and now have a foundation in which to build on for years to come. Let Moore finish out the regular season and then see what Dr. Andrews says about RT.

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