Dolphins coach Adam Gase: Ryan Tannehill will 'absolutely' be back for 2018

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Ryan Tannehill is out for the 2017 season, but Dolphins coach Adam Gase fully expects him to be ready for the 2018 season.

Tannehill will have season-ending surgery on his knee to repair a partially torn ACL he sustained in practice, which was a devastating blow for the Dolphins.

When the quarterback informed Gase that he would opt to have surgery, Gase said it was a tough pill to swallow.

"It was probably tougher for me because it’s more and more real,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “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.”

To cover their bases, the Dolphins signed former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to a one-year deal and are working harder with backup Matt Moore.

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For now, Tannehill will be doing what he can to help Cutler, Moore and the rest of the players and staff out from the sidelines.

“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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