Dolphins fear Tannehill lost for the season after reinjuring knee

Dolphins fear Tannehill lost for the season after reinjuring knee

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill reinjured his left knee in practice Thursday when it buckled as he scrambled and fell without being hit.

Tannehill walked slowly off the field accompanied by trainers. He underwent an MRI, but results weren't definitive regarding the extent of the injury, and further assessment was expected Friday.

According to Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington of ESPN.com, the Dolphins believe Tannehill will need season-ending surgery.

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"You see your quarterback go down, you think the worst," tight end MarQueis Gray said. "He's in all of our prayers, and we hope he's back on the field."

Tannehill missed last season's final four games, including a playoff loss at Pittsburgh, after spraining two ligaments in the same knee. He decided against surgery and took part in all offseason drills.

He was wearing a brace when his knee gave out near the right sideline while running full speed to escape tackle Ndamukong Suh. Tannehill stayed on the ground at least 15 seconds surrounded by teammates before rising and leaving the field.

"I saw him buckle and go down. There was no contact on the play," offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said. "The initial reaction is, `OK, next man up.' That's football. It's going to happen somewhere in this season. The game doesn't stop. You go on to the next play. And then, obviously, my personal thing is, `Boy, I sure hope it isn't serious.'"

The injury occurred during the seventh practice of training camp.

Matt Moore, an 11th-year veteran, went 2-2 as a starter replacing Tannehill last year and remains the backup.

"There's a reason we have Matt Moore here," Christensen said. "We hope he never has to play, and if he does, he'll be ready."

The Dolphins were already without 1,000-yard rusher Jay Ajayi, sidelined since Monday by a concussion. Their top lineman, center Mike Pouncey, has seen extremely limited activity as he returns from hip surgery.

The Dolphins spent several weeks after last season assessing the extent of Tannehill's ACL and MCL sprains before ruling out surgery, which could have jeopardized his availability for the start of this season. Tannehill rehabilitated the partially torn ligaments, underwent stem cell treatments and has been saying since May he felt 100 percent.

"Dealing with an injury like that for the first time, it was a tough process for me," Tannehill said last week after the first practice of training camp. "But the building, everyone around me, really supported me throughout that whole process. I'm glad to be back out here and feeling really healthy again."

If Tannehill's injury leaves the Dolphins in the market to sign another quarterback for depth, candidates include Colin Kaepernick, who parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and remains unsigned. His decision last season to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality prompted national debate.

Last week, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he hoped Kaepernick wasn't being punished by teams for his politics.

"I know that a lot has been written about it, but you know owners or coaches - they'll do anything it takes to win," Ross said. "And if they think he can help them win, I would hope they would sign him."

Pro Football Talk contributed to this report

Game notes: Pats unroll a record air attack vs. Texans

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Game notes: Pats unroll a record air attack vs. Texans

FOXBORO -- Game notes from the Patriots' 36-33 victory over the Texans . . .

-- New England ended Houston’s streak of 31 straight games (including the postseason) without allowing a 300-yard passer by throwing for 378 yards against the Texans. It was the first 300-yard game against Houston since the Jaguars had 331 yards at Jacksonville on Oct. 18, 2015.

-- Tom Brady now has eight career games in which he's thrown a game-winning touchdown pass in the final minut. He now has 52 career victories after facing a fourth-quarter deficit.

-- Brady threw for five touchdowns in a game for the 27th time in team history, the third-most four-touchdown games in NFL history. He also set an NFL record with his 22nd game with four or more touchdowns and no interceptions. It is Brady’s sixth game with five or more touchdowns, tied with Dan Marino for the third-most all-time. It is his sixth game with five or more touchdowns and no interceptions, second to Drew Brees (7).

-- Brady followed a 447-yard effort the week before at New Orleans with a 378-yard effort against Houston. He has now followed a 400-yard game with a 300-yard game six times. (2002, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016).

-- Brady had 447 yards at New Orleans and 378 yards against Houston for 825 yards in the last two weeks. It is the second-most yards in team history in a two-week span. Brady had 940 yards (517 and 423) to start the 2011 season with 517 at Miami on Sept. 12, 2011, followed by 423 yards vs. San Diego on Sept. 18 2011. Brady’s 940 yards ranks second all-time in consecutive games to Phil Simms, who holds the record with 945 yards (432 yards and 513 yards).

-- Brady had his sixth straight game with no interceptions. He now has a streak of 215 straight pass attempts without an interception.

-- Rob Gronkowski scored his 70th career touchdown reception on a five-yard pass from Brady in the first quarter and became the fastest tight end to reach 70 career touchdown receptions, doing so in his 91st career game.

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