Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase says that injured quarterback Ryan Tannehill will “absolutely” be ready for the 2018 season, according to Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post.
Tannehill will miss the entire 2017 campaign after tearing his ACL in training camp.
The 29-year-old could have bypassed surgery and rehabbed the injury, but both Tannehill and Gase agreed that surgery was a better option.
“It was tougher for me because it’s more and more real,” Gase said. “The fact that it’s him and he knows his body and how he feels–It’s unfortunate for him because he worked so hard to be available for us. Those guys did a lot of work during the offseason to get to this point.”
Gase added that Tannehill is handling the situation well and is doing whatever he can to assist new Dolphins signal-caller Jay Cutler.
“He’s handling it good. He’s trying to do everything he can to help Jay out,” he said.
Tannehill originally injured his knee during Miami’s Week 14 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals last season. However, he opted not to have surgery.
He then re-aggravated the injury in practice back on Aug. 3.
Tannehill, who played his college football at Texas A&M University, was originally selected by the Dolphins with the eighth overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Last season, Tannehill threw for 2,995 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 67.1 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 93.5 over 13 games.
Miami defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 23-20, in its first preseason game on Thursday.
The Dolphins will take on the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 17.