Miami QB Ryan Tannehill decides to have season-ending ACL surgery

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has reached a decision on how to handle his torn ACL, and his answer is reconstructive surgery.

Tannehill opted against having the knee surgically repaired a year ago.

Last season, the quarterback suffered a partial ACL tear on that same knee but he opted for stem cell treatment instead of undergoing surgery.

Days after Tannehill went down with the injury, the Dolphins lured veteran quarterback #Jay Cutler out of retirement and signed him to a one-year deal worth $10 million. In May, Cutler had retired from the National Football League and was hired by Fox Sports as a game analyst, but he is putting that off for a year.

Salguero reports this "decision was made Friday evening made Friday evening when coach Adam Gase and Tannehill spoke about the options open to them". Tannehill missed the final three games of the season, as well as the Dolphins' 30-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wildcard round of the playoffs. Tannehill will be placed on IR and miss the entire 2017 season, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.

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

In 2016, Tannehill notched career highs in completion percentage (67.1), touchdown percentage (4.9), yards per attempt (7.7) and passer rating (93.5), as he helped the Dolphins to a 10-6 record, its best mark since he was drafted.

Vanessa Coleman