Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill left the practice field this morning with an apparent injury to his left leg.
In the non-contact mishap, Tannehill reportedly fell “awkwardly” while scrambling to the sidelines during a training camp drill.
[See Update below]
After laying on the ground for about 15 seconds, Tannehill was able to head to the locker room, albeit slowly, without limping, the Miami Herald reported.
Tannehill will likely have an MRI to identify the scope of the damage, if any.
Social media is currently buzzing, and Dolphins’ management/fans are holding their collective breath about the potential physical malady because the QB missed the Dolphins’ last three regular-season games as well as their playoff loss against Pittsburgh Steelers owing to MCL/ACL sprains to his left knee. He did not undergo offseason surgery, however.
Without Tannehill, who has been wearing a knee brace, the Dolphins have virtually no chance to compete with birthday boy Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC East, assuming anyone in the NFL can seriously challenge the defending Super Bowl champions at this point.
Backup Matt Moore replaced Tannehill after the starter left the practice field.
The Dolphins drafted Tannehill out of Texas A&M University in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the eighth overall pick. Tannehill has completed about 63 percent of his passes in his NFL career so far, with an overall passer rating of 86.5 and 106 touchdown throws. Last season, Tannehill was 8-5 as a starter with a 93.5 passer rating, a career high in that category.
Cross your fingers, Dolphins fans. ????
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 3, 2017
Neither head coach Adam Gase nor offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen provided the media with any update on Ryan Tannehill’s condition after today’s practice concluded.
Given the breaking news about Ryan Tannehill, various sports fans on Twitter recommend that the Dolphins should take a look at Colin Kaepernick, who still doesn’t have a gig, or Jay Cutler, who is currently pursuing a career in broadcasting, for their signal caller.
The Dolphins finished last season with a regular season record of 10-6, good for second place in the AFC East, before losing to the Steelers in the AFC Wild Card game in Pittsburgh on January 8, 2017, by a score of 30-12.
NFL.com insists that if Tannehill, 29, has to go on the disabled list and misses significant playing time, it would be a “massive blow” to the Miami Dolphins’ playoff aspirations.
— NESN (@NESN) August 3, 2017
Dolphins officials await the MRI results, which are expected sometime this afternoon. As this is a developing story, watch this space for updates on the health of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
— The Athletes Hub (@HubOfAthletes) August 3, 2017
Update: The NFL Network reports that based on the MRI, there is no structural damage to Ryan Tannehill’s left knee that buckled during today’s practice. The Miami Herald, however, claims that the MRI was inconclusive, and that the QB will receive additional medical evaluations. It is undetermined at this point when Ryan Tannehill will return to the field.
Go back watch video of Tannehill "injury" appears to plant the left foot and pulls his left leg high immediately in pain ???? via Dion Demming pic.twitter.com/iimXLpntYp
— Chris Fischer (@ChrisFischer07) August 3, 2017
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