Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a left knee injury during Thursday’s training camp practice, but an MRI reportedly revealed “no structural damage” to his knee.
Sigh of relief for #Dolphins. Member of org says no structural damage for Ryan Tannehill, knee same now as in am.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) August 3, 2017
Tannehill’s knee buckled when he scrambled out of the pocket to avoid the pass rush from defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Go back watch video of Tannehill “injury” appears to plant the left foot and pulls his left leg high immediately in pain 📷 via Dion Demming pic.twitter.com/iimXLpntYp
— Chris Fischer (@ChrisFischer07) August 3, 2017
The Dolphins franchise quarterback will reportedly get a second opinion on his knee, and “all options remain on the table,” including surgery, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Per source, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill will get a second opinion on his knee, just to be sure on its stability.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 3, 2017
Tannehill, 29, missed the franchise’s first postseason appearance in eight years after suffering a sprained ACL and MCL in the team’s Week 14 win over the Arizona Cardinals, but said back in May that he was “back to 100 percent.”
The Dolphins former first-round pick has been wearing a knee brace on his left knee during practices.
Tannehill was looking forward to building off the success of last season, as he completed a career-high 67.1 percent of his passes while posting the best passer rating (93.5) of his five-year NFL career.
Miami has already lost breakout star running back Jay Ajayi to a concussion since the start of training camp, and are sure to play it safe with their franchise quarterback during the remainder of training camp and the preseason.
Dolphins second-string quarterback Matt Moore recorded a 2-2 record in Tannehill’s absence, but was sacked five times in the team’s wild-card round loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Update: Despite no structural damage to Tannehill’s knee, Thursday’s “scare may prompt surgery” on his existing partial tear, according to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.
2nd opin key for Ryan Tannehill. Member of org says even tho no new damage to ACL, today’s scare may prompt surgery on existing partial tear
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) August 4, 2017
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington report that the Dolphins “now fear” Tannehill will need season-ending surgery, and that a source close to the situation said his knee was “a ticking time bomb that was going to go off at any time.”