Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa To Miss Time

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been ruled out for today’s game against the Jets. Although scans on his thumb did not reveal a fracture, he has a good deal of swelling and weakness that could sideline him for multiple weeks (Twitter link via’s Mike Garafolo). 

Ryan Fitzpatrick will take over for the rookie, who saw his honeymoon end last week against the Broncos. Tagovailoa struggled mightily and, according to head coach Brian Flores, was benched for performance rather than an injury. Still, the No. 5 overall pick was set to start against the Jets today, up until the injury took him out of the equation.

Tagovailoa completed 11 of his 20 passes for just 83 yards last week before Fitzmagic took over. The Dolphins went on to lose, snapping their five-game winning streak. Before the rough outing against Denver, Tagovailoa had thrown for five touchdowns and no interceptions across three victorious starts.

The Dolphins are 6-4 heading into today’s game against the 0-10 Jets. If Tagovailoa needs extra time to heal up, Fitzmagic will be slated to start against the Bengals and Chiefs as the Dolphins make their playoff push.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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10 comments on “Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa To Miss Time

  1. bradthebluefish

    Injury prone per usual. Talented athlete but can’t be relied upon. Already switching between Tua and Fitzpatrick in his first year.

  2. afsooner02

    Chargers need to send a big Christmas present to the dolphins for taking Tua over Hebert.

  3. George Ruth

    I said Tua Tagovailoa was injury prone & the Dolphins should have gone with Justin Herbert who will be the NFL Rookie of the Year.

    Yes Tagovailoa has a ton of talent including the talent of getting hurt every season.

  4. wagner13

    You guys are brutal. Tua’s college injury was a freak hip malady. This thumb problem is completely unrelated and unexpected. I am not saying Tua was the right quarterback, but at least give him more than a handful of games to prove himself. It’s not like he’s played four seasons already and completely flopped. Some people are way too trigger-happy with the “bust” label

    • George Ruth

      Tua had 3 surgeries in College 1 on each Ankle & then the hip injury & it’s the same injury that ended Bo Jackson’s Football Career & he had to have hip replacement Surgery.

      This isn’t the 1st time Tagovailoa has had a hand injury.

      Tagovailoa has also had surgeries on both of his Ankles while in College & he’s also suffered a Knee Injury in College.

      How many games do you want to give Tagovailoa to prove that he can stay healthy & on the field since he hasn’t stayed healthy in College or so far in the NFL

      • wagner13

        “Hasn’t stayed healthy.” He missed one game in college if you take out the hip injury and has yet to suffer any setbacks related to that malady. Maybe he is injury-prone, but I am willing to give someone more than a quarter of a single season to prove themselves. Did you know that Fred Taylor used to be called, “Fragile Fred” for his lack of durability? Remarkably, he ended up playing over a decade. If you believe in surrendering assets earlier, that is fine; it’s a matter of opinion. However, it is too early to declare someone a bust without giving them a fair shot

  5. Wade Herbers

    NO reason to rush Tua back……..Fitz can beat the Bengals and NEITHER is gonna beat the Chiefs so why not be careful with Tua and let Fitz take care of these next two games.

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