Dolphins still unsure whether Ryan Tannehill needs knee surgery

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill might still need surgery to repair the two sprained ligaments in his left knee, coach Adam Gase said Wednesday.

"We're still going through that process right now with the trainers, with what our next step is, where his health is, how strong is his knee," Gase said at the Dolphins' end-of-season news conference, adding, "we're still collecting information, doctors are still giving us what possibly could be down the road so it's hard for us to really pinpoint anything as of this moment right now."

Tannehill sprained the anterior cruciate medial collateral ligaments in his left knee against Arizona on Dec. 11. He practiced lightly Friday and never went on injured reserve because the Dolphins felt there was a chance he could play if they made an extended playoff run.

The Dolphins are hopeful Tannehill won't require surgery and won't miss any part of the offseason program. But they still aren't sure that will be the case.

Asked if Tannehill may need a major reconstructive surgery -- one that would likely sideline him for months -- Gase said, "I don't even know. I can't answer that, because it hasn't been a question that really we've dove into quite yet."

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