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Tannehill ‘absolutely’ will be ready for start of 2018 season, Gase insists

Ryan Tannehill will be ready for the start of the 2018 season, Adam Gase pledged Saturday.
Ryan Tannehill will be ready for the start of the 2018 season, Adam Gase pledged Saturday. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

Ryan Tannehill, who in the coming days will undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL, will “absolutely” be ready for the start of the 2018 season, Adam Gase told reporters Saturday.

Tannehill on Friday made the decision to have surgery to repair his left knee, which he first injured in December and then hurt again in practice last week.

He informed Gase of his decision in the last few days — which was not an easy conversation, Gase acknowledged.

“It was probably tougher for me because it's more and more real,” Gase said. “The fact that it's him — he knows his body, he knows how he feels. It's unfortunate for him. He's worked so hard to be available for us. Those guys put in a lot of work during the offseason to get to this point.”

Gase added: “I think he's handling it good, he's trying to do everything he can to help Jay out. Matt [Moore's] done a great job. Just trying to make sure, Matt's probably had more reps than he had last year at this point. We've got to try to keep an eye on that. We don't want to overdo it too early with Matt. I've got two good quarterbacks that I like, and two starters. I just want to make sure they're both ready to go.”

Tannehill was at practice Saturday, and aside from a small sleeve on his left knee, didn’t look like a guy who just suffered a major injury. He’s been in Jay Cutler’s ear since Cutler signed with the team on Monday, helping his replacement prepare for the coming season.

“I know there'll be times where he'll be rehabbing at other facilities,” Gase said. “He's got a good plan mapped out. He's done a good job of communicating with our training staff, our doctors. They're all kind of on the same page. I'm going to know when he's not going to be here. There will be some weeks where he's around a lot and he'll be able to help the coaching staff and the players.”

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