Dolphins Fear QB Ryan Tannehill Has Torn ACL

The Dolphins pulled out a last-second win over the Cardinals today, but despite that victory, Miami’s playoff hopes have still taken a massive hit. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase told reporters that the club fears quarterback Ryan Tannehill has suffered a torn ACL, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald (Twitter link)."<strong

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Heading into today’s game, the Dolphins had something close to a one-in-five chance of earning a postseason berth — Football Outsiders gave Miami a 31.9% chance, while FiveThirtyEight put the Dolphins’ odds at just 23%. Clearly, those figures will increase after Miami’s win today (plus losses from other AFC contenders such as Denver and Indianapolis), but the club will now likely have to fight its way to into the tournament with its backup quarterback, Matt Moore.

Moore, 32, is one of the more experienced No. 2 signal-callers in the NFL, as he has 25 career starts under his belt. However, the last of those starts came during the 2011 campaign, so it’s fair to wonder what Moore has left in the tank. That 2011 season was a high-water mark for Moore, as he threw 16 touchdowns and led Miami to a 6-6 record in 12 starts. In his small sample against Arizona today, Moore completed three of five passes for 40 yards.

With Moore under center, the Dolphins figure to lean even more heavily on their running game, which ranks third in the league in DVOA and features Jay Ajayi, who is now closing in on 1,000 yards on the ground. Additionally, Miami’s passing attack isn’t short on weapons, as Moore will be throwing to Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, and emergent tight end Dion Sims.

For Tannehill, the injury obviously marks a disappointing end to what can only be described as a middling season. So far in 2016, the 28-year-old Tannehill has posted numbers right in line with his career marks — through 12 starts, he’d completed 66.7% of his passes for 2,800 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions while ranking 25th in DYAR and 27th in DVOA.

Under the terms of a four-year extension signed in the summer of 2015, Tannehill is under contract with the Dolphins through the 2020 season. He’s guaranteed $3.5MM of his $17.975MM base salary in 2017. Miami wouldn’t be able to part ways with Tannehill while he’s injured, and it likely wouldn’t consider that route given the financial ramifications and the fact that the club showed progress under Gase this season.

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7 comments on “Dolphins Fear QB Ryan Tannehill Has Torn ACL

  1. crazysull

    Does this mean that they will select a QB early in the draft?

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  2. pickme123

    Sports Illustrated is saying Tannehill is done for the year with a torn ACL.

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  3. TheMichigan

    I would still be conferable with Moore under the helm it’s not like he’s a terrible player

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    • Kia Sportage Off-roader

      Moore is a good backup, or was, he hasn’t played much in recent years. TBD if he still can play well. Regardless, Miami is years and years away from being a serious contender. Their ceiling is sneaking in as a wild card and losing game 1. Until Brady and/or Belichick is out of the AFCE, no other team will be able to consistently win the division. Miami’s owner has a history of terrible decisions and it’s laughable that he hired Tannenbaum after his history with NYJ. That’s like trading in a brand new Kia Sorento for a Ford Fiesta…it makes no sense.

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      • Tyler

        You have an embarrassing opinion. Why would you even think of sharing it? Please refrain from doing it again.

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    • Tyler

      Hes not terrible, but he’s a go big or go home qb. Unfortunately with him it’s mostly go home. We can best the Jets, but we will lose against the Bills & Pats. The team is going to be very good when Tannehill gets back. Hopefully get some good players in the draft for linebackers and cornerbacks.

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  4. Matt miller

    Moore is a solid backup QB. So I would not say the whole season is lost. These next three games are very winnable. Jets bills and then patriots at home. Most likely the pats will not be giving there all since it will be the last game of the year. If Miami can improve there secondary and add a couple good LBs and CB threw the draft and build on there o line. They will be a playoff team next year. Gase is a very smart coach who brings the best out of his players.

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