Whether or not the Dolphins QB will need knee surgery is still not known. He will have second and third opinions made on his knee. If he does not need the surgery, he may still decide to sit out until he has recovered from his injury and return later on in the season. That could take up to 8 weeks or more.
A source close to the situation had told ESPN that Tannehill’s knee was a ticking time bomb that could have gone off at any time. Tannehill had declined to have surgery during the off-season. According to a report, an MRI had shown that there is no structural damage to the QB’s knee, but he had still scheduled to have other opinions before he is going to decide what he was going to do.
His injury came last year, during the third quarter vs the Arizona Cardinals, when he suffered a partially torn ACL. Both he and the team had decided to forego surgery to repair the ligament, last year. During Thursday’s practice, Tannehill’s knee proved to be not stable and that had many fearing that he would need season ending surgery.
Backup QB Matt Moore is expected to begin the season and there are rumors that the Dolphins could look at the possibility of bringing in Jay Cutler or Colin Kaepernick if Tannehill is to be out for the majority of the season.