Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill sustained and grade-two ACL tear against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14 of the 2016 season. He returned this season sporting a knee brace on his left knee after electing to forego knee surgery. Tannehill instead underwent stem cell treatment to promote healing in the knee.
During Thursday’s practice, Tannehill scrambled right and leapt out of bounds and landed awkwardly on his left knee. There is currently no timetable for Tannehill’s return and the Dolphins are turning to Matt Moore to lead the Dolphins in the intermediary.
“Right now, Matt [Moore] is our quarterback,” Gase said. “… We’ll see where we go from there because I have to figure out what’s going on with Ryan [Tannehill], and then we’ll make decisions after that.”
Moore filled in admirably for Tannehill in his absence last season, but the Dolphins would be remiss to rely on Moore to consistently lead the offense and remaining healthy for an entire season if Tannehill opts to have his ACL repaired.
Gase admitted Friday that everything including surgery is indeed on the table for Tannehill pending second opinion on his injured right knee. At the appropriate time the team will explore options at the quarterback position. However, Gase says he has yet to even begin thinking of who the team could potentially bring in as he’s still processing the prospect of losing Tannehill for the 2017 season.
“I haven’t really gotten there yet. Yesterday was a tough day. …Him going through that, just kind of – seeing how hard he worked to be back out there going through this spring – the things that he did . . . to make sure that everything was good. …Just kind of seeing him like that, that was tough.”
The Dolphins could bring in Colin Kaepernick who is seemingly being punished for his silent protest last season, or they may take a look at Gase’s former pupil Jay Cutler whose exorbitant demands have served as a deterrent for teams looking to add another quarterback.
While the Dolphins are rumored to be interested in Kaepernick and Cutler, Moore is focused on becoming a better player and improving his chemistry with the first-team wide receivers.
“…This is part of my role and I’ve done this before and stepping up and being ready when need be. So that’s as much as I know and that’s the attitude I have moving forward.
“I’m focused on training camp; I’m not really thinking about that [Dolphins acquiring another quarterback.] It’s a day-to-day thing for me right now and I’m focused on myself and the guys that are here right now.”