Ryan Tannehill has opted for season-ending surgery to fix a torn ACL in his left knee, according to the Miami Hearld's Armando Salguero. That effectively ends the season for the Dolphins quarterback, leaving recent addition Jay Cutler as Miami's likely starter for 2017.
The 29-year-old initially injured his knee against the Arizona Cardinals in December, partially tearing the ACL.
After conversations with Dolphins team staff members and doctors, Tannehill made a decision to have reconstructed knee surgery. Tannehill will be placed on injured reserve, the person said. "The fact that it's him and he knows his body and how he feels-It's unfortunate for him because he worked so hard to be available for us". However, the team has the option to get out of the last three years of Tannehill's contract for just $4.6 million if they choose to do so.
Tannehill, who missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in his knee, reinjured it a week into training camp on August 3.
Cutler, 34, started 15 games in 2015 with Gase as his offensive coordinator, throwing for 3,659 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Per Pro Football Focus' Ryan Smith, Tannehill finished third out of 37 qualified quarterbacks in overall grade when he released the ball in 2.5 seconds or less.