As the Miami Dolphins prepare to close the doors on the 2016 season and move into what could well be one of the more quiet offseasons in recent years, quarterback Ryan Tannehill is one of the more intriguing figures as the team looks forward to the 2017 season.
At the forefront is Tannehill’s health, as rumors are circulating that his injury may be more serious than previously thought and may require surgery. This news is somewhat surprising considering that Tannehill practiced the Friday before last Sunday’s game, in anticipation of possibly being able to play should the Dolphins have won that game.
While it’s not uncommon for a player to push to get back on the field and play through an injury, and then have surgery in the offseason to get back to 100% healthy, word out of Dolphins camp has been that Tannehill suffered sprains to his MCL and PCL with a 6-8 week timetable for returning to full health.
In this case, the team is likely erring on the side of caution, simply monitoring Tannehill very closely as he begins his rehabilitation, scrutinizing every move to make sure there are no setbacks.
“We're still collecting information,” said head coach Adam Gase. “Doctors are still giving us what possibly could be down the road. So it's hard for us to really pinpoint anything as of this moment right now.”
If you read between those lines, you get the sense that the team is just covering all it’s bases, making sure there isn’t something loose or torn that could leave Tannehill susceptible to further injury to the same area in the future. The Dolphins, like anyone else, want to see their prize investment perform, and Gase alludes to this being a case of the team and trainers being extra diligent.
Of course, Gase isn’t a doctor, nor has he played one on TV, so the fact is, he won’t know any medically for certain until the doctors and trainers tell him.
"We're still going through that process right now, with the trainers, with what our next step is, where his health is, how strong is his knee. We're still going through that.”
More clarification can be expected in the weeks to come, but since the Dolphins hold injury news close to the vest, it could be awhile before the full story is known.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball
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