Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins are placing QB Ryan Tannehill on injured reserve after he undergoes reconstructive knee surgery.
The expectation has been that Tannehill was going to require surgery to repair his ACL after he, unfortunately, went down during a training camp practice, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
The Dolphins plan to move forward with Jay Cutler as their quarterback for the 2017 season, which will buy Tannehill time rehab his knee for the 2018 season.
Tannehill suffered a partially torn ACL last year but he and the team declined to have him undergo surgery to repair the ligament. Unfortunately, Tannehill’s knee proved to be unstable as he rolled out of the pocket during Thursday’s practice and some felt that this would likely lead to him undergoing knee surgery.
A source previously told Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington that One Tannehill’s knee was “a ticking time bomb that was going to go off at any time” after he declined to have surgery on his knee during the offseason.
Tannehill, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2012. He’s currently in the third year of his six-year, $95.272 million contract that includes $45 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $17.975 million for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Tannehill appeared in 13 games and thrown for 2,995 yards while completing 67.1 percent to go along with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 15 out of 36 qualifying players.