While Tannehill is progressing well since undergoing reconstructive left knee surgery in August, it's uncertain if the Dolphins will clear him to take part in all drills during Organized Team Activities. Nonetheless, the fact that he'll be able to participate at all suggests that he's well on his way to being ready for the start of training camp in the summer. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has already stated that Tannehill will be the team's starting quarterback in 2018 with incumbent Jay Cutler unlikely to be re-signed in free agency.
After Tannehill underwent season-ending reconstructive surgery on his left knee in August, the Dolphins lured Jay Cutler out of retirement and signed him to a one-year, $10 million contract to serve as the team's starter in 2017, but the latter was always viewed as a stopgap solution. With Tannehill enduring no hiccups to this point in his recovery and expected to be at full strength for training camp, it's not expected that Cutler will be retained, leaving no viable challengers on the roster for the starting role. After posting a 27:12 TD:INT and clearing 4,000 yards for the first time in his career in 2014, Tannehill failed to take another step forward in his subsequent two seasons, but the 29-year-old still looks like a better option behind center than what would likely be available to the Dolphins via trade or free agency this offseason.
Tannehill was in attendance for the Dolphins' practice Thursday and went through his own workout, with the team's coaching staff impressed with how he's recovered since undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left knee four months ago, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. "It was good seeing [Tannehill] bouncing off those knees and jumping. His feedback is that he really feels good and that he's on pace and on the timeline he needs to be on. So that's really encouraging," offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said.
Tannehill was ruled out for the season after tearing the knee during the Dolphins' second week of training camp, prompting the team to lure Jay Cutler out of retirement to serve as the starting quarterback. Though the Dolphins could consider bringing Cutler back in 2018 if he's interested in keeping his career going, it's still believed that a healthy Tannehill is viewed as the team's starter heading into next season. Since signing a six-year contract extension with the Dolphins in the spring of 2015, Tannehill has appeared in 29 games, posting a 43:24 TD:INT ratio and completing 64 percent of his passes.
Tannehill is already going through the early stages of rehab, but he'll soon do it with the help of Miami's medical staff. The quarterback's knee injury is anticipated to sideline him for around eight to 12 months. With him out, Jay Cutler will start for the Dolphins this season.
Tannehill is slated to undergo reconstructive knee surgery Thursday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Based on typical injury rehab timetables, Tannehill is probably looking at a return to the field in 10-to-12 months following his reconstructive surgery. With those parameters in mind, the QB could be ready to go by the start on training camp in 2018, or not long after. Added clarity on that front will arrive in time, but what is already known is that Tannehill will not play this season, which paves the way for newcomer Jay Cutler to helm the team's offense in 2017.
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