The Miami Dolphins expect Ryan Tannehill to participate without any restrictions when the players return to the field for OTAs in May.
But coach Adam Gase is still anxious to see the quarterback’s mobility following the ligament sprains in his left knee that ended his 2016 season in December.
“There are no restrictions on him. His biggest thing right now is strengthening [the knee],” Gase said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “He’s been doing everything that he normally does in the offseason. Nothing has changed for him.
“I’m going to be more interested in seeing how he feels when we hit OTAs and see how comfortable he is when there’s a reactionary [play] for him,” Gase continued. “I haven’t been able to watch him because of the [CBA] rules and I won’t see him until May 2.”
Tannehill, who sprained the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee, underwent stem cell treatment instead of surgery to speed up the healing process.
Gase said the Dolphins’ medical staff has been pleased with Tannehill’s overall progress despite his decision to not undergo arthroscopic surgery, which was initially viewed as an unorthodox approach. Had Tannehill undergone surgery he would have likely missed OTAs.
Tannehill has tried out a number of knee braces before settling on a thin one.
“From my knowledge when we talked about the brace, it’s not going to be a huge brace like he tried to wear before,” Gase said. “It’s a lighter brace. It’s not going to affect his mobility. He’s tested out quite a few braces to figure out which felt the best…He doesn’t want to feel like he’s restricted too much. The biggest thing is we’re getting him to wear a brace. That’s a big step for him. Knowing him, if the mobility’s not there, he might take that thing off and throw it to the side.”
Gase said the team doesn’t plan to alter the offense, which relied on play-action that moved Tannehill out the pocket, utilizing his athleticism.