The Miami Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill have come to an agreement that the best course of action is for the quarterback to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee.
Surgery is expected to be scheduled for next week, and Tannehill will miss the entire 2017 season.
Tannehill, 29, and Dolphins coach Adam Gase discussed the options on the table before coming to the final decision Friday night, according to the Miami Herald. Surgery will be scheduled and Tannehill will be placed on injured reserve, with no designation to return this season.
Tannehill missed the final three games of the 2016 season after initially injuring the left knee. He opted to not undergo surgery at the time, preferring to go through treatment that appeared to work as he reported no issues with the knee when the team reported to training camp. However, Tannehill went down while rolling out on a non-contact play in practice on Aug. 3.
He considered all options over the past week, including resting the knee for 6-8 weeks and attempting to come back again. The Dolphins were initially concerned Tannehill would ultimately face season-ending surgery, and signed 34-year-old Jay Cutler to a one-year, $10 million contract to ostensibly come in as the starter ahead of veteran backup Matt Moore.
Tannehill is expected to be ready for training camp next year, but his future with the Dolphins is now uncertain. His $17.98 million salary for 2017 is fully guaranteed, but only $5.53 million of his $17.48 million 2018 salary is guaranteed against injury. He has no further guarantees, meaning the Dolphins could potentially move on from Tannehill next offseason with minimal financial impact.