The Miami Dolphins sidestepped a major injury on Thursday.
NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala there is no structural damage to Ryan Tannehill’s left knee after he exited practice following a non-contact spill, per a member of the organization. He underwent an MRI after practice and his knee is as sound as it was before, per the NFL’s Network.
The knee did buckle, and the Dolphins are deciding how to move on after the injury.
The news is a huge sigh of relief in Miami. Tannehill could miss some time in training camp as the Dolphins take it slow their their starting quarterback.
Video of the play showed the player rolling to his right, heading up field toward the sideline. As he went out of bounds, the quarterback’s left leg appeared to plant awkwardly in the turf. He then tumbled to the ground. Tannehill remained on the ground for about 15 seconds before walking gingerly to the locker room, according to reporters on the scene.
It’s the same knee he suffered a partial ACL tear in last season, which forced him out for the final three games of 2016 regular season and the Dolphins’ wild-card loss to Steelers.
The club opted for stem cell treatment instead of surgery. He was wearing a knee brace on his left knee during practice.
All offseason, the Dolphins and Tannehill have insisted there is no issue with his knee.
“Just so everyone hears, the knee is really good. It feels really good,” he said just last week, via the team’s . “I haven’t had any changes since the spring. I was a full participant in the spring and still going really well. Now we don’t have to address that anymore, right?”
After Thursday’s tumble, Tannehill’s knee will be the subject of inquiry after every hit he takes on it.
The injury scare is a reminder of the thin edge NFL teams stand on. Had the knee injury forced Tannehill to miss a significant time, the Dolphins’ playoff hopes would have taken a major hit.