The words “down he goes” are the last thing any Dolphins fan wants to hear right now. It’s an all too familiar phrase that has come out of Miami once again as quarterback Ryan Tannehill has gone down with another apparent knee injury. Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel first reported it here:
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) August 3, 2017
The injury occurred during practice in which Tannehill scrambled to the outside for a first down run but went down at the end of the play. Interestingly, the injury appears to be a non-contact injury his left knee looked to buckle underneath him.
This is the same left knee that did not require Tannehill needing surgery to repair his sprained ACL and MCL. However, he went a different route in the recovery process as he went with a stem cell procedure so he could participate in Miami’s offseason workouts.
On the bright side, backup Matt Moore came in to replace Tannehill in practice and performed exceptionally. In his second series of the 11-on-11 drill, Moore completed a 45-yard pass downfield to Kenny Stills. Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen spoke highly of Moore’s play after practice.
“I love Matt Moore,” Christensen said. “There is a reason we have Matt here. I hope he doesn’t have to play, but if he does he’ll be ready.”
The condition of Tannehill’s knee will be closely monitored by team doctors. They will want a healthy starting quarterback for their week one matchup against Tampa Bay.
Obviously the severity of the sprain will determine whether the team will take steps in looking for more depth at the QB position. This would obviously begin the chatter as to whether Colin Kaepernick would get another look. Also it’s possible that Jay Cutler who played for Gase in a previous life could also get a call.