Tan­nehill out

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Ryan Tan­nehill has de­cided surgery can no longer be avoided. The Mi­ami Dol­phins quar­ter­back will un­dergo an op­er­a­tion to re­pair the torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the en­tire sea­son, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion said Fri­day. The per­son con­firmed the de­ci­sion to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the Dol­phins hadn’t dis­closed it pub­licly. Tan­nehill will be placed on in­jured re­serve, the per­son said. Tan­nehill, who missed the fi­nal four games of last sea­son with two sprained lig­a­ments in his knee, rein­jured it a week into train­ing camp on Aug. 3. The Dol­phins con­sulted with spe­cial­ists be­fore the team and Tan­nehill de­cided surgery was the best op­tion. Tan­nehill opted not to have surgery af­ter last sea­son’s in­jury, and in­stead re­ha­bil­i­tated the par­tially torn lig­a­ments and un­der­went stem cell treat­ments. Jay Cut­ler, who parted with the Chicago Bears af­ter eight sea­sons, agreed to de­lay his fledg­ling net­work TV ca­reer and signed a $10 mil­lion, one-year con­tract Mon­day to re­place Tan­nehill. Cut­ler, 34, might make his Dol­phins de­but in their sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion game next Thurs­day. Tan­nehill won the No. 1 job for Mi­ami’s opener in his rookie sea­son of 2012 and made 77 con­sec­u­tive starts be­fore his in­jury last sea­son. He’s ex­pected to be ready for the start of train­ing camp next sea­son.


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