Ryan Tannehill has opted for season-ending surgery to fix a torn ACL in his left knee, according to the Miami Hearld's Armando Salguero. Cutler's apparent retirement was short lived when he chose to sign a one-year deal with Miami to become the starter in place of the injured Tannehill.
Torn ACLs have become the bane of the Miami Dolphins 2017 preseason.
Gase said it was a tough conversation to have for Tannehill.
NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala initially provided some optimism for Tannehill and the Dolphins when she reported there was no structural damage to the knee. However, the team has the option to get out of the last three years of Tannehill's contract for just $4.6 million if they choose to do so. Going under the knife this early means he should be a full-go for camp next season. Brandon Doughty and David Fales are further down the Dolphins' quarterback depth chart.
Tannehill was coming off a career-year in his first season under Gase, completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,995 yards. As with Cutler, Tannehill had enjoyed his best season under the tutelage of Gase, who was hired by Miami a year ago.
Tannehill will have surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a person familiar with the decision said Friday.