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Ryan Tannehill “Very Uncertain” To Return This Year, Knee Reconstruction Still A Possibility

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is “very uncertain” to return this year. Rapoport confirms that Tannehill had his injured leg in a cast last night for his MCL injury.

According to Rapoport, the Dolphins plan to see how Tannehill’s knee responds, but a reconstruction of his knee is a possibility.

After the game, Tannehill denied a report that his MCL was torn off the bone, but also confirmed that he is dealing with a Grade II MCL issue.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing multiple sources, reported that Tannehill has a Grade II MCL sprain and a “slight” tear of his ACL in his left knee. Florio adds that this kind of MCL tear typically requires a 4-6 week recovery period, but it’s still possible he could return for their Week 17 game against the Patriots.

Unfortunately, the possibility also exists Tannehill could be shut down and placed on season-ending injured reserve.

The Dolphins aren’t sure what to expect from Tannehill and won’t know whether he’ll be able to return until he’s able to move around on his leg.

Tannehill, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2012. He’s currently in the second year of his six-year, $95.272 million contract. that includes $45 million guaranteed.

Tannehill stands to make base salaries of $9.34 million and $17.975 million over the next two years.

In 2016, Tannehill has 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.

We’ll have more regarding Tannehill’s return as the news is available.