Ryan Tannehill leaves field with non-contact injury to same knee

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 4: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 4: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill /

The Miami Dolphins are now in a holding pattern as they wait the injury report on starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill after he left practice with a non-contact injury.

News out of Miami is that Ryan Tannehill was taken off the field after he scrambled during drills and went to the ground with no contact. The injury apparently has happened to the same knee he hurt last season.

The MCL tear last year was reportedly healing as expected but he also suffered a partial tear of the ACL. Medical teams determined that Tannehill did not need surgery on his knee to repair the MCL or the ACL. Tannehill practice all off-season without much limitation and has been going full-speed throughout camp.

Last season when Tannehill went down he was able to walk off under his own power but there was obvious pain. It’s far too early to know if Tannehill’s knee will put his season or maybe the start of the season in jeopardy. The Dolphins may not have any information by the time Adam Gase speaks to the media.

If Tannehill is out for any length of time the team will be shouldered by Matt Moore. Moore has been patiently sitting behind Tannehill since 2012 when Tannehill was drafted and last year he stepped in and finished the season taking the Dolphins into the playoffs.

Moore is definitely not the same style of player as Tannehill but he might fare well under Adam Gase who has been able to make back-up quarterbacks look very good. For now though it’s a wait and see while Moore takes the first team reps. Regardless it’s a big development for a team that is on the verge of making up ground on New England.