Former Big Spring Steer Ryan Tannehill will have season-ending ACL surgery


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

Ryan Tannehill went down with a knee injury during a Dolphins training camp practice on Thursday. Tannehill opted against having the knee surgically repaired previous year.

The 29-year-old quarterback was reportedly at the team's preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons, though he was not on the sidelines. Tannehill signed a massive deal, but with an injury to end the season past year and missing all of 2017, will he be back in the future? Tannehill had repeatedly said he was not concerned about the knee or his decision to pass on surgery.

Last season, Cutler played in just five games because of thumb and shoulder injuries.

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala initially provided some optimism for Tannehill and the Dolphins when she reported there was no structural damage to the knee.

Tannehill does have his flaws-including throwing at least 12 interceptions in each of his first five National Football League seasons-but he's had more positives than negatives throughout his career to this point. There is no chance he can return from IR later in the season. With Tannehill under contract for several more seasons, the job should be waiting for him next year. Tannehill threw 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season while amassing a career-best 93.5 passer rating in his first season under coach Adam Gase.

Cutler was reunited with Gase, the Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator in 2015.