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Report: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill elects to have season-ending knee surgery

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins were dealt a devastating blow to their chances of making the NFL playoffs for a second straight season last week with quarterback Ryan Tannehill going down with a non-contact knee injury. Now it appears that knee injury will end Tannehill’s 2017 NFL season before it even begins.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Tannehill has chosen to undergo knee surgery officially ending his season.

Tannehill was able to help lead the Dolphins to the playoffs last season but has proven to be injury prone over the last few years. The 29-year-old quarterback missed the final four games of the 2016 season and the playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers that followed.

The Texas A&M product went down with sprained ligaments in the same knee he injured last week resulting in the surgery he’ll undergo to repair his ACL.

Immediately following Tannehill’s knee injury last week, the Dolphins reached out to veteran quarterback Jay Cutler who had decided to take his talents up to the Fox Sports broadcast booth. Cutler’s apparent retirement was short lived when he decided to sign a one-year deal with Miami to become the starter in place of the injured Tannehill.

Cutler will now fill in for Tannehill while Matt Moore remains to the backup on the depth chart for the Dolphins.