Dolphins' Tannehill to have season-ending surgery

He has chose to have surgery to fix a torn ACL in his left knee, reports the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.

This time, Ryan Tannehill will have surgery to fix his knee.

Tannehill hurt his knee in practice last Thursday and did not return.

This news seemed inevitable after it was revealed that Tannehill avoided surgery on a partially torn ACL last season. The 29-year-old fell to the ground on a non-contact play when his left knee appeared to buckle.

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. It was reinjured August 3, on a noncontact play, when Tannehill crumbled to the ground while scrambling in practice.

Gase and Tannehill seemed to develop a connection in 2016, but injuries are back-breaking in the National Football League and this could be a game-changer for the Dolphins.

Tannehill initially suffered an injury to the knee in December, partially tearing the ACL. Last season, Gase showed the most confidence in Tannehill of any previous coach or offensive coordinator by giving him audible powers at the line of scrimmage.

Technically the Dolphins could let Tannehill go with a cap hit of only $4.6 million before next season.

The Miami Dolphins were expected to make some noise in the AFC and make a run in the playoffs behind QB Ryan Tannehill and HC Adam Gase. Cutler had one of his best statistical seasons under Gase's leadership in 2015.

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