The Miami Dolphins were dealt a devastating blow to their chances of making the National Football League playoffs for a second straight season last week with quarterback Ryan Tannehill going down with a non-contact knee injury.
Tannehill, who missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in his knee, reinjured it a week into training camp on August 3.
Tannehill initially injured the knee in December against the Arizona Cardinals, partially tearing the ACL. Miami moved quickly to address its quarterback situation, handing Cutler, 34, a one-year, $10 million contract. The Dolphins 29-year-old quarterback is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in 2018.
That decision, made in consultation with the Dolphins and medical advisers, appeared to prove costly last week when Tannehill went down, untouched, while running toward the sideline.
The decision to opt for surgery came after Tannehill discussed his options with head coach Adam Gase on Friday. The Dolphins consulted with specialists before the team and Tannehill decided on surgery. He's trying to do everything he can to help Jay (Cutler) out and Matt (Moore) has done a great job.
"It was probably tougher for me", Gase said.
But the year before, 2015, had been arguably Cutler's best statistically with 3,659 passing yards, a 64.6 completion percentage, and 21 touchdowns against 11 interceptions.