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Dolphins Ryan Tannehill To Miss Significant Time, May Need Season Ending Surgery

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The roller coaster flurry of news regarding the left knee of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill took another twist today.

Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports that Tannehill will miss significant time with his left knee injury, suffered yesterday during a non-contact drill during practice.

The report says that the Dolphins and Tannehill will decide in the coming days whether Tannehill will opt for weeks of rest and treatment (which could take up to 2 months) or undergo season ending surgery.

Tannehill sustained a partially torn ACL and MCL last December and the decision against having surgery is now under heavy scrutiny and second guessing.

In the San Diego Tribune former San Diego Chargers team physician David Chao said that the decision should be 2nd guessed but that surgery may be the only option at this point.

“The knee has proven to be unstable,” Chao wrote. “Nine times out of 10, partial ACL ends up unstable and needing surgery. The hope with Tannehill was that he was the exception.”

“Hindsight is 20/20. There were undoubtedly reasonable medical factors that lead to a conservative care approach. Statistically, though, partial ACL tears are rare. Even if truly partial, the question is stability and the vast majority end up needing surgery. A brace can help with knee instability, but no brace can take the place of a ligament.

“Added to concern over Tannehill’s knee instability is the medial collateral ligament. Rarely do NFL sprains/tears need surgery, but commonly when they heal there is mild residual laxity. This accentuates any instability from the ACL. There are four main ligaments in the knee — like the four legs of a chair If a one leg is a little off, the chair rocks but is usable, but if a second leg is damaged, it becomes unusable.”

The Dolphins have options should Tannehill miss significant time or if his season is over.

ESPN reported that Fox announcer Jay Cutler would have interest in ending his retirement if the Dolphins brought him in as a starter and paid him as such.

Miami has also been linked to Colin Kaepernick, who reportedly has been discussed internally by the team.

Other free agent options include Robert Griffin III, Johnny Manziel, Thaddeus Lewis, Zach Mettenberger , Charlie Whitehurst, Sean Renfree and Aaron Murray.

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Broncos’ John Elway Closes Door on Colin Kaepernick

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While the Denver Broncos will be in the market for a backup quarterback, team president John Elway shut the door on the possibility that the team would entertain signing free agent signal caller Colin Kaepernick, although it has nothing to do with protests.

Elway spoke to reporters on Thursday and officially nixed the idea of the team bringing in the former San Francisco 49ers start quarterback.

“He had a chance to be here, he passed on it,” Elway said, according to USA Today’s Lindsay Jones.

Elway is referring to a nixed deal the the Broncos and 49ers had in place that would have seen Kaepernick in Denver back in 2016, but Kaepernick killed the deal by refusing to trim $5 million from his cap number and take additional pay cuts down the road.

 

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Browns’ Josh Gordon Did Not Fail Drug Test

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Despite some pubic concerns, Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Josh Gordon did not fail a drug test this offseason and no suspension is anticipated once Gordon makes his return, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot.

Gordon is currently in Florida where he is working on his physical and mental health and there are no assurances that the wideout will be available when the Browns take the field for Week 1 of the 2018 regular season.

Amid reports of interest in former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, the Browns remain in contact with Gordon, who will need approval from his NFL-sanctioned medical team before returning. and they plan to stick with him throughout his recovery.

 

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Raiders Place Ahtyba Rubin on Injured Reserve

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The Oakland Raiders have placed defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin on injured reserve due to a torn biceps that he suffered during the team’s join practice with the Detroit Lions last week, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken.

Rubin was entering the final year of a three-year, $12M contract with the Seattle Seahawks back in 2017 but was cut in September. He lated signed on with the Denver Broncos who cut him only two games later.

Rubin later latched on with the Atlanta Falcons where he appeared in 10 games in a reserve role.

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