Tannehill Definitely Does Not Need Surgery on Knee

Good news for Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The Fins starting signal caller passed a battery of tests on his ACL and Grade 2 MCL sprain and is expected to be available for all of the team's offseason program, the Miami Herald reports.

Tannehill missed the Dolphins' last three regular-season games and their playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a severe knee sprain. The 28-year-old elected against full reconstructive surgery, instead opting for rehabilitation with adult stem cell treatment.

The eighth overall pick of the 2012 draft may have his off-season activity scaled back as a precaution and keep a knee brace on throughout the season but he is expected to handle a full workload by the start of training camp in July. 

Prior to his injury in December, Tannehill completed 67.1 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,995yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with a 93.5 passer rating in thirteen games. Matt Moore completed the regular season in his place and started in the team's playoff loss to Pittsburgh.

Between Tannehill and Moore, the Dolphins topped the NFL in redzone quarterback rating.

The Fins pick 22nd overall in the upcoming NFL Draft and currently have five picks, though the organization is expected to be awarded a couple of mid-round compensatory picks because of the free agent losses of Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller prior to last season.

(Photo credit: Eric Espada)

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