The Dolphins got a huge scare at practice Thursday morning involving the rehabbed left knee of QB Ryan Tannehill, when he was injured while simple running out of bounds and planted on the leg.
The question Thursday afternoon is how bad is the injury and when will we know the prognosis of how long he’ll be out?
First, here’s the play in question on Thursday morning shot by a fan in the stands at the Dolphins facility in Davie. You’ll see Tannehill runs to the right sideline and go down without being hit:
Go back watch video of Tannehill "injury" appears to plant the left foot and pulls his left leg high immediately in pain 📷 via Dion Demming pic.twitter.com/iimXLpntYp
— Chris Fischer (@ChrisFischer07) August 3, 2017
Tannehill left with trainers and as you would expect, did not return to the practice field . Also, the Dolphins had scheduled for their coordinators and not coach Adam Gase to be available to the media post practice and they held to that. So, as we wrote in the late morning, offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen was left to tap dance about the unknowns with the injury.
Then, came this first report from NFL Network that had a source saying there was initial relief Thursday afternoon from the Fins behind the scenes:
Sigh of relief for #Dolphins. Member of org says no structural damage for Ryan Tannehill, knee same now as in am.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) August 3, 2017
But, very interestingly, an orthopedic doctor, who tweets and writes about sports injury and “armchair diagnosis” of extent of them, then posted this later that same hour:
Just landed in Canton. Video, especially grainy video, is never perfect. 95% correct, but hope I am wrong here. https://t.co/WE3CXUzeBA
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) August 3, 2017
Again, that’s not someone that’s even seen the MRI, much less examined Tannehill, but he’s reputable and says, 95% chance at the “S word.” Surgery.
Not what a Fins fan wants to have.
Then, came the late afternoon breaking item from Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, who is extremely plugged in behind the scenes. And, he dropped the potential doomsday diagnosis back on Dolphins fans:
New. Ryan Tannehill MRI results: Dolphins QB not out of the woodshttps://t.co/vr6AtMAOvi
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) August 3, 2017
Salguero’s report from a source that the MRI is not conclusive on a tear or not, means anxious times for the Miami brass until there is a second opinion and maybe, another MRI still to come.
What is the truth on Ryan Tannehill’s knee? Simply, we don’t know, yet.
We do know that Miami’s playoff hopes may hang in the balance of the diagnosis and prognosis.
So, now we all wait.