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Officially named starter for Sunday

Coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Friday that Thompson will start Sunday's playoff game in Buffalo, Marcel Louis-Jacques of reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins didn't envision Thompson starting on wild card weekend when they selected him in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft, but the rookie out of Kansas State will get the opportunity to do so, as Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) remains sidelined and Teddy Bridgewater (finger/knee) is hampered by his injuries. Bridgewater has been practicing in limited fashion and could dress as the backup to Thompson, who appeared in seven games (two starts) during the regular season but didn't throw for more than 166 yards in any game while posting a 1:3 TD:INT.

Jan 13, 2023 9:15 AM EST

Practices in full

Thompson (ankle) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Per

Jan 11, 2023 1:42 PM EST

Could be in for playoff start

Coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday the Dolphins are preparing as if Thompson (undisclosed) will start Sunday's wild card round playoff matchup against the Bills, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Thompson was nicked up with an undisclosed injury following Week 18's win over the Jets, but with Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) ruled out and Teddy Bridgewater (knee/finger) still not back to full health, Miami is currently preparing as if the third-stringer will start versus Buffalo. The rookie's only official start this season came versus New York, but he also played 98 percent of offensive snaps Week 5. Across those two games, Thompson completed 39 of 64 attempts for 318 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, numbers which aren't cause for inspiration against a standout Bills team. Bridgewater was active Week 18 as a backup, but it remains to be seen if the veteran will be healthy enough to officially start vs. Buffalo.

Jan 11, 2023 8:52 AM EST

Nicked up following win

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Monday that Thompson (undisclosed) picked up "some bumps and bruises" during Sunday's win over the Jets, Marcel Louis-Jacques of reports.

Analysis: Thompson does not appear to be dealing with any definitive injuries, though it wouldn't be surprising if he was less than 100 percent healthy after absorbing nine quarterback hits from the Jets' defense. It will be worth monitoring the rookie's status on Wednesday's injury report, as starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) still has not been cleared for football activity as of Monday. McDaniel also added that veteran signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater could have stepped in under center if needed Week 18, as he was ruled active pregame after being deemed questionable with a dislocated right pinky finger and lingering knee injury Friday. Should Thompson's injury status worsen, then Bridgewater or practice-squad quarterback Mike Glennon could be in line for more prominent roles in Sunday's matchup against Buffalo during the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Jan 9, 2023 2:54 PM EST

Serviceable in spot start

Thompson completed 20 of 31 passes for 152 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Dolphins' 11-6 win over the Jets on Sunday. He also rushed three times for three yards and recovered a fumble.

Analysis: As has been the case on multiple occasions this season, Thompson was called upon with both Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) and Teddy Bridgewater (finger/knee) dealing with injuries. As the final score indicates, the rookie seventh-round pick didn't exactly help the Dolphins light up the scoreboard, and he was mainly relegated to short passes, averaging a meager 4.9 yards per attempt. However, Thompson stayed away from turnovers and was able to help position Miami for what would prove to be a game-winning 50-yard field goal by Jason Sanders, a drive that included a key nine-yard completion to Jaylen Waddle. With a wild-card road matchup now on tap against the Bills next weekend, it remains to be seen if Thompson will be called on yet again to helm the Dolphins' offense in what would be an unenviable matchup.

Jan 8, 2023 2:02 PM EST

In line to start Sunday

Thompson is slated to start Sunday's regular season finale against the Jets, Marcel Louis-Jacques of reports.

Analysis: Per Louis-Jacques, the Dolphins hope that Teddy Bridgewater (knee/finger) will be available in a backup role Sunday, but with Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) still out, Thompson is in line to start at QB for the team in Week 18. In that context, Thompson represents a lineup option for fantasy managers in a week in which various NFL squads have different things to play for as the postseason approaches.

Jan 6, 2023 9:22 AM EST

Gets first-team reps

Thompson took the first-team reps at practice Wednesday with Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) and Teddy Bridgewater (finger) both unavailable, ESPN's Marcel Louis-Jacques reports.

Analysis: Thompson entered Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Patriots in place of Bridgewater, who dislocated his right pinky finger and still wasn't able to properly throw a football as of Wednesday. Coach Mike McDaniel said Monday that he hasn't even thought about playing Tagovailoa in Week 18, suggesting Thompson and Bridgewater are the likely options under center this Sunday against the Jets, per Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site. Miami needs a win over the Jets plus a Bills win over the Patriots to grab the last wild card in the AFC.

Jan 4, 2023 12:41 PM EST

Relief effort comes up short

Thompson completed 12 of 21pass attempts for 104 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Patriots. He also had one four-yard carry.

Analysis: Thompson took over for Teddy Bridgewater (finger) in the third quarter of Sunday's narrow divisional loss, with Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) inactive to enter the game. The rookie seventh-round pick brought Miami's deficit within two points via a fourth quarter touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki, and he moved the Dolphins' offense roughly as effectively as Bridgewater had, but ultimately couldn't overcome New England's stout defense. The Dolphins were short handed entering Sunday's game, with Tagovailoa, Terron Armstead (toe/pectoral), Xavien Howard (knee) and Bradley Chubb (ankle/hand) all unavailable, and will attempt to get healthier for Week 18's matchup against the Jets.

Jan 1, 2023 1:41 PM EST

Isn't suiting up Sunday

Thompson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Analysis: Thompson is considered a healthy scratch for Sunday's matchup in Detroit, after he recently overcame a thumb injury he suffered in Week 6 versus the Vikings. While Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater remain healthy, the rookie will likely continue watching from the sidelines.

Oct 30, 2022 9:18 AM EST

No injury designation

Thompson doesn't have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Lions, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Thompson was upgraded to a full participant Friday after logging back-to-back limited sessions to open the week and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday. However, with Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater both healthy, Thompson is unlikely to see the field in Week 8.

Oct 28, 2022 1:25 PM EST

Inactive Sunday

Thompson (thumb) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Thompson was limited by a right thumb injury during practice this week and won't be able to suit up in primetime Sunday. Tua Tagovailoa will return to the field while Teddy Bridgewater serves as his backup.

Oct 23, 2022 4:07 PM EST

Questionable against Steelers

Thompson (thumb) is questionable for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Thompson sustained a right thumb injury during last week's loss to the Vikings and was limited in practice all week. Even if he's available against the Steelers, the rookie seventh-rounder is unlikely to see the field since both Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater will be active.

Oct 21, 2022 2:31 PM EST

Limited in practice

Thompson (thumb) was listed as a limited participant on the Dolphins' injury report Wednesday, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Thompson sustained a right thumb injury during the first half of Sunday's loss to the Vikings, leaving him limited in Miami's first practice of Week 7. While the exact nature of this issue is still unclear, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said that tests on Thompson's thumb were "more positive than negative," and that the quarterback will return "sooner rather than later," according to Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald. The third-string signal-caller will have two more practices to improve his status before this Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, though his potential absence will not impact much now that Tua Tagovailoa (concussion/ankle) and Teddy Bridgewater are both expected to be available.

Oct 19, 2022 5:25 PM EST

Managing thumb injury

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said that Thompson is considered day-to-day after sustaining a right thumb injury in Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Vikings, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Thompson was forced to exit and did not return during the first start of his career Sunday. While McDaniel did not provide specifics on the severity of this injury, it's unlikely to affect the seventh-round rookie's playing time, as quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater are both expected to be available again after clearing concussion protocols Saturday. Thompson completed 26 of his 46 passes for 255 yards and an interception over the past two games for Miami, and he will now fall back into a role as the third-string quarterback.

Oct 17, 2022 2:53 PM EST

Hurts thumb Sunday

Thompson exited Sunday's game against the Vikings after sustaining a right thumb injury.

Analysis: With Tua Tagovailoa inactive, Teddy Bridgewater has stepped in for Thompson at QB. Prior to departing the game, Thompson completed seven of his 13 pass attempts for 89 yards.

Oct 16, 2022 10:56 AM EST

Still on track for start

Thompson remains on track to start Sunday's game against the Vikings with Tua Tagovailoa (concussion/ankle) ruled out for Week 6 and with Teddy Bridgewater (concussion/pectoral) listed as questionable but likely to be available only in a backup capacity if he's active, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: While Tagovailoa was ruled out ahead of last week's 40-17 loss to the Jets, Bridgewater drew the start but took just one snap before he was placed in the concussion protocol. Thompson was then summoned on short notice to handle quarterback duties for the rest of the game, and the results were predictably disastrous for the seventh-round rookie, who completed just 19 of 33 attempts for 166 yards and an interception while also losing a fumble. The Dolphins are hoping for better results from Thompson with the benefit of a full week of practices with the first-team offense, as Bridgewater was only a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday before returning to full activity Friday. Bridgewater looks on track to clear the protocol before Sunday, but his lack of full practice reps this week will prompt the Dolphins to entrust Thompson with guiding the offense. Thompson should have all the Dolphins' key passing-game weapons at his disposal, though starting left tackle Terron Armstead (toe) is questionable after managing just one limited practice this week and could be at risk of sitting out.

Oct 14, 2022 3:02 PM EST

Trending toward Week 6 start

Head coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday that he's planning on having Thompson start at quarterback in the Dolphins' Week 6 game against the Vikings, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Inactive for the first four games of the season, Thompson dressed as the backup for last week's loss to the Jets while Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) was ruled out. Fill-in starter Teddy Bridgewater suffered a concussion of his own after playing just one snap, resulting in Thompson stepping in to play essentially the entire contest. The seventh-round rookie completed just 19 of his 33 attempts for 166 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while losing a fumble in the 40-17 loss, but the Dolphins are hopeful that Thompson can deliver better results while having a week's worth of first-team practice reps to prepare for the starting assignment. Though Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) will be on the field Wednesday for individual work, McDaniel has already ruled him out for Week 6. Meanwhile, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post relays that Bridgewater has a "solid chance" of clearing the five-step concussion protocol before Sunday, but because he may not be ready to practice fully by Friday, he would likely dress as a backup if he's active against the Vikings.

Oct 12, 2022 8:07 AM EST

Plays nearly entire Week 5 loss

Thompson replaced the injured Teddy Bridgewater (head) in the first quarter of Sunday's 40-17 loss to the Jets and completed 19 of 33 passes for 166 yards and one interception. He also lost a fumble.

Analysis: Despite his modest stat line, Thompson moved Miami's offense effectively until the fourth quarter, leading a pair of touchdown drives while benefiting from a few generous pass interference calls on New York's defense. His second-quarter interception was sandwiched between those touchdown drives, but the rookie seventh-round pick struggled down the stretch, as Miami's final three possessions ended with his fumble followed by a pair of turnovers on downs. If neither Bridgewater nor Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) can get cleared before the Vikings come to town for Week 6, Thompson would be in line to make his first NFL start.

Oct 9, 2022 2:44 PM EST

Slated for No. 2 role

Thompson is in line to serve as the No. 2 quarterback Sunday against the Jets since Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) has been ruled out, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Although Tagovailoa underwent an MRI that came back clean over the weekend, he'll be forced to miss at least one game after he was taken off the field on a stretcher Thursday against Cincinnati. Teddy Bridgewater will serve as the starting quarterback against the Jets, while Thompson is in line to be the team's top backup. The 2022 seventh-rounder hasn't yet made his regular-season debut in the NFL.

Oct 3, 2022 10:55 AM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

Thompson (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Ravens.

Analysis: Thompson will likely need to an injury to occur to crack the active roster on gameday. The rookie quarterback is likely to remain firmly behind starter Tua Tagovailoa and backup Teddy Bridgewater this season.

Sep 18, 2022 9:16 AM EST

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