Head coach Adam Gase said Tannehill (knee) does not have any restrictions, Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald reports.
Tannehill missed the end of the 2016 season with a sprained MCL and partially-torn ACL, but Gase said Tuesday that Tannehill likely would've played in the playoffs if the Dolphins had advanced beyond the opening round. The 28-year-old quarterback is expected to participate in the team's offseason program, albeit while wearing a knee brace that he'll likely continue to wear throughout the regular season. Gase doesn't expect the brace to impact his signal-caller's mobility, which has been one of Tannehill's consistent assets during a not-so-consistent career. If he does need to stay in the pocket more, he should at least benefit from an improved supporting cast that now includes TE Julius Thomas.
Coach Adam Gase downplayed concerns regarding Tannehill's mobility going forward in the wake of the QB's season-ending knee injury in 2016, the Palm Beach Post reports.
On the topic of Tannehill's post-injury mobility, Gase relayed that the signal-caller "feels good about it. He feels good about the brace he's going to wear. I'm not worried about it." Initial fears were that Tannehill, who last saw game action on Dec. 11, might require ACL surgery, but that wasn't necessary and a recent Miami Herald report confirmed that the QB is now past the partially torn ACL and grade 2 sprained MCL that capped his 2016 campaign. As a result, Tannehill will be available for the team's upcoming offseason work. Though Tannehill's ability to run isn't expected to be overly impacted this coming season, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald suggests that the QB may morph into more of a pocket passer in 2017, while helming a Miami offense that figures to be keyed by running back Jay Ajayi and a pass-catching corps that will welcome back wideouts Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker and introduce tight end Julius Thomas to the mix.
Meanwhile, the Miami Herald confirms that Tannehill will not require reconstructive surgery to address the knee issue that cost the starting QB the Dolphins' last three regular-season games in 2016, as well as the team's postseason loss to the Steelers. While Tannehill is expected to utilize a knee brace throughout the 2017 season, the report adds that barring any setbacks, the signal-caller is in line to handle a full workload by the start of training camp this summer. Tannehill may, however, be limited to some degree during the squad's offseason practices leading up to that.
Tannehill sustained a partial ACL tear and MCL sprain on Dec. 11 but has since improved the stability of his knee through many strength-focused exercises. In fact, the knee is doing so well that he's already able to play basketball as part of his rehab. While that has proven his knee's ability to tolerate sudden movements, Tannehill still has an MRI scheduled for Monday, at which point his outlook could be updated. As it stands, the quarterback is not believed to need full ACL surgery, but it's still possible that he could travel to Germany to undergo platelet-rich plasma therapy to promote further healing. Whether that happens or not, there's currently confidence that Tannehill's knee will be stable enough for him to be ready to start next season.
It's been six weeks since Tannehill suffered the knee injury, an injury they are calling a sprain to his ACL and MCL. While it's not unusual for a decision to take a week or two as doctors wait for the swelling to diminish, a month and a half seems a bit out of the ordinary. As long as Tannehill doesn't need an ACL reconstruction, the additional wait time shouldn't change his availability for the 2017 season opener but if reconstruction is needed then all bets would be off as to whether or not Tannehill would be ready for Week 1.
|P3||8/24/17||@ PHI||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ MIN||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/26/17||@ BAL||8:25 pm|
|10||11/13/17||@ CAR||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/26/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|