Update: Despite early diagnoses on the field that Tannehill had torn his ACL, scans today found that the ligament was only sprained. The quarterback is likely to still face weeks on the sidelines, but could conceivably return this year.
The Dolphins beat the Arizona Cardinals 26-23 on a 20-yard field goal as time expired yesterday. But Miami fans were not celebrating. Just when he looked to be finally fulfilling years of teasing promise, Ryan Tannehill tore his ACL during the game. The team has confirmed he's out for the season.
So this Monday morning, that Dolphins win
Tannehill left the game late in the third quarter after ex-Miami Hurricane defensive tackle Calais Campbell delivered a low blow to his left knee. Tannehill fell to the ground right away while clutching his leg, and not long after he limped to the locker room, word came that everyone's worst fears were realized: It was a torn ACL, and Tannehill's season is over.
Even before the media confirmed Tannehill had indeed suffered a season-ending injury, fans knew the truth. All they had to do was watch their QB on the sidelines, hugging teammates who were obviously hearing the bad news for themselves for the first time.
The scene was even stranger because it was happening in the pouring rain while the Dolphins were trying to cling to a victory they desperately needed.
As you might expect, tortured Dolphins fans didn't take the news of Tannehill being gone for the season well. Really, can you blame them? Never has 8-5 felt more like 5-8.
Dolphins finally a playoff type team and Tannehill's ACL says otherwise pic.twitter.com/wGnNQQqBm4— Brian O'Neill (@brianoneill5258) December 11, 2016
A.J. Feeley didn't die for this.— Ted Hill (@tedhill) December 11, 2016
Dolphins season is over. We aren't allowed to have nice things pic.twitter.com/NSr58VK9cz— Tom Green (@Tomas_Verde) December 11, 2016
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Why does God hate Dolphins fans :(— corinne seal (@corinne_ann) December 11, 2016
Miami dolphins fans arent allowed to have nice things.— Paul Vetter (@Bigvet77) December 11, 2016
Every Miami Dolphins fans playoff dreams were just crushed.— TheChosenOne (@CapnKidd8) December 11, 2016
I'm gonna need Moore drinks if this happens— Eric Lauzin (@Lauzin) December 11, 2016