Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins
Quarterback #1
Miami Dolphins
Quarterback #1

Tua Tagovailoa News

Optimistic about avoiding concussions

Tagovailoa considered retirement this offseason but instead decided to prioritize training that may help him avoid future concussions, The Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa said Wednesday that doctors told him he isn't at significant risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and doesn't have any extra risk of suffering additional concussions. Head injuries limited him to 13 games last year in what was otherwise a breakout season, with Tagovailoa throwing 25 touchdowns to only eight interceptions while leading the league in yards per pass attempt (8.9). He'll have a similarly favorable setup this season under coach Mike McDaniel, with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle forming the fastest WR duo in the NFL and having a strong argument to be considered the best. The team's skill-position players look much the same as last year minus TE Mike Gesicki, whose role had been scaled back under McDaniel in any case.

Apr 19, 2023 11:44 AM EST

Won't play Sunday

Coach Mike McDaniel noted Wednesday that Tagovailoa (concussion) has yet to be cleared for football activities and won't play in Sunday's playoff opener against the Bills, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: For now, the Dolphins are preparing as though Skylar Thompson will draw the start at QB for the team this weekend, while at this stage Teddy Bridgewater (knee/finger) is still working toward being available Sunday. As for Tagovailoa, McDaniel indicated that the signal caller hasn't had any setbacks, but added that there are "compounding variables" that are being considered in determining Tagovailoa's status moving forward.

Jan 11, 2023 8:55 AM EST

Not yet cleared for football activity

Coach Mike McDaniel noted Monday that Tagovailoa (concussion) has not yet been cleared for football activity, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Louis-Jacques notes that the Dolphins are hoping to have added clarity on the QB's status Wednesday, while adding that the signal caller hasn't experienced any setbacks. As the team's playoff opener this coming weekend against the Bills approaches, Tagovailoa's availability remains uncertain, but McDaniel did relay Monday that he believes Teddy Bridgewater, who has been dealing with a finger injury as well as a knee issue, may have been in a position to have entered Sunday's game against the Jets if Week 18 starter Skylar Thompson had been forced to exit the contest.

Jan 9, 2023 2:29 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 18

Tagovailoa (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: It will be up to Skylar Thompson to try to guide the Dolphins to a playoff berth, as Miami needs to beat the Jets and hope the Bills defeat the Patriots. Tagovailoa has yet to resume practicing, while Teddy Bridgewater (finger) may be available in a backup role Sunday, so Bridgewater seems more likely to suit up for a potential playoff game should Miami sneak in.

Jan 6, 2023 9:12 AM EST

Unlikely to play in Week 18

Head coach Mike McDaniel said Monday that he's not even thinking about Tagovailoa (concussion) starting in Week 18, making the quarterback unlikely to suit up Sunday against the Jets, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports.

Analysis: McDaniel added that he's preparing as if Skylar Thompson and Teddy Bridgewater (finger) will be his top options for the regular season finale, and that he hasn't even talked with Tagovailoa about when the quarterback will be able to play again, per Adam H. Beasley of ProFootballNetwork.com. The coach's comments contradict a report Sunday from Fox's Jay Glazer, who said Tagovailoa plans to play again this season if the Dolphins make the playoffs. Either way, it appears like the Dolphins' starting quarterback will miss yet another contest due to a concussion this year.

Jan 2, 2023 1:53 PM EST

Possible for playoffs

Tagovailoa (concussion) plans to play again this season if the Dolphins make the playoffs, Fox's Jay Glazer reports.

Analysis: Obviously that decision isn't fully in Tagovailoa's hands, both from the standpoint of the Dolphins making the playoffs, and in terms of getting clearance from the concussion protocol. Glazer didn't directly state it, but it also suggests that Tagovailoa won't play in Week 18 against the Jets.

Jan 1, 2023 9:12 AM EST

Won't play Sunday

Coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Friday that Tagovailoa (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com and David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel report.

Analysis: As a result, Teddy Bridgewater is slated to start at QB for the Dolphins on Sunday, with Tagovailoa still in the NFL's concussion protocol. Per Louis-Jacques, Tagovailoa's status beyond Week 17 has yet to be determined, with McDaniel having declined to put a timetable on the signal-caller's potential return.

Dec 30, 2022 9:14 AM EST

Not in line to start Sunday

With Tagovailoa in the NFL's concussion protocol for the second time this season, the Dolphins are preparing Teddy Bridgewater to start Sunday's game against the Patriots, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike McDaniel noted Wednesday that Tagovailoa is being evaluated on a day-to-day basis, adding that there is no timetable for the QB's return to game action. With that in mind, we'd expect Tagovailoa -- who missed two games due to a concussion earlier this season -- to be officially ruled out ahead of Week 17 action, with his status beyond this weekend unclear.

Dec 28, 2022 9:13 AM EST

Concussion confirmed

Coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Wednesday that Tagovailoa did sustain a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Packers, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol Monday due to symptoms reported after Sunday's loss. Per Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post, McDaniel said the Dolphins will approach Sunday's divisional road matchup against the Patriots with the expectation of Teddy Bridgewater starting. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that McDaniel declined to note whether the team will approach Tagovailoa's recovery with extra caution, given that this is his third time this season being evaluated for a concussion due to an in-game hit. Last time Tagovailoa was placed in the five-step concussion protocol, he missed two games.

Dec 28, 2022 8:47 AM EST

In concussion protocol

Coach Mike McDaniel relayed Monday that Tagovailoa is in the NFL's concussion protocol, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: As a result, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald notes that Teddy Bridgewater is slated to get the majority of the Dolphins' QB reps Wednesday and Thursday and would be in line to start Sunday against the Patriots if Tagovailoa is unable to progress through concussion protocol.

Dec 26, 2022 2:13 PM EST

Falls apart in second half

Tagovailoa completed 16 of 25 passes for 310 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: It was a tale of two halves for Tagovailoa, who racked up 229 yards and his only TD before halftime, before throwing for only 81 yards and all three picks after the break to squander a 20-13 lead. The third-year quarterback has only been picked off in four of his 13 starts this season, but he's tossed multiple INTs in three of those games, making him a volatile option in Week 17's road game against a Patriots team fighting for its playoff life.

Dec 25, 2022 5:17 PM EST

Modest performance in close loss

Tagovailoa completed 17 of 30 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Dolphins' 32-29 loss to the Bills on Saturday night. He also rushed once for seven yards and committed a fumble recovered by Miami.

Analysis: Tagovailoa certainly was more efficient than in his disastrous Week 14 performance against the Chargers, but he still only completed 56.7 percent of his passes in a game that eventually saw the advent of snowy conditions. Tagovailoa's best quarter was the third, when he completed 67- and 20-yard scoring tosses to Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill, respectively. Twelve of Tagovailoa's 17 completions went to the dynamic duo, but the fact Miami couldn't muster any touchdowns during the entirety of the fourth quarter ultimately sunk its chances of offsetting Buffalo's comeback. Tagovailoa next opportunity to bounce back to his previous level of production comes in what is now an especially critical Christmas Day afternoon matchup against the Packers at home in Week 16.

Dec 17, 2022 8:54 PM EST

Completes just 10 passes

Tagovailoa (ankle) completed 10 of 28 pass attempts for 145 yards and a touchdown while adding 28 yards on three rushing attempts in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Tagovailoa turned in his worst performance of the season against a Chargers secondary that was without star safety Derwin James. The 24-year-old completed just 36 percent of his passes one week after completing a season-low 55 percent against the 49ers. Tagovailoa was cleared of the minor ankle injury he suffered in Week 13, but perhaps his putrid performance indicates that he wasn't at full strength. On a positive note, the southpaw was able to reincorporate the rushing aspect of his fantasy game after compiling zero rushing yards over his last four games. Tua and the Dolphins will look to rebound in a pivotal AFC East matchup against the Bills on Saturday.

Dec 11, 2022 9:11 PM EST

Cleared to play Sunday

Tagovailoa (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday night's game against the Chargers after returning to a full practice Friday, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday, but the QB's return to a full session Friday sets the stage for him to start Sunday night's game. Working in his favor from a fantasy perspective is that top wideouts Tyreek Hill (illness) and Jaylen Waddle (fibula) also practiced fully Friday and have both been cleared for Week 14 action.

Dec 9, 2022 3:23 PM EST

Logs limited practice Wednesday

Tagovailoa (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Tom Pelissero of NFL Network previously relayed that Tagovailoa -- who suffered an ankle injury late in the Dolphins' Week 13 loss to the 49ers -- could have returned to the game and is expected to start this weekend on the road against the Chargers. That said, the QB's listed limitations Wednesday make his status worth tracking and confirming ahead of Sunday's night's 8:20 ET kickoff.

Dec 7, 2022 3:38 PM EST

Expected to start next week

Tagovailoa (ankle) could have returned to Sunday's game against the 49ers and is expected to start next Sunday against the Chargers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa was banged up when he fumbled on a sack during the closing minutes of Sunday's matchup and was replaced by Skylar Thompson for the Dolphins' final possession. Tagovailoa downplayed the severity of his injury during his postgame press conference but said that he'd continue to be assessed. He doesn't appear to be dealing with a significant injury and is unlikely to miss time.

Dec 4, 2022 6:38 PM EST

Downplays severity of injury

Tagovailoa (ankle) said after Sunday's loss to the 49ers that he feels "as good as I can be coming off a game," Adam H. Beasley of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa was kept off the field for the Dolphins' final drive Sunday and was listed as questionable to return. He said during his postgame press conference that he'll have a few things assessed, but he didn't seem too concerned about his availability going forward. His status for next Sunday's game against the Chargers will likely come into focus based on his availability at practice this week.

Dec 4, 2022 4:47 PM EST

Dealing with ankle injury

Tagovailoa suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Tagovailoa fumbled on a sack in the closing minutes of Sunday's matchup and was replaced by Skylar Thompson for the Dolphins' final drive of the game. Tagovailoa completed 18 of 33 pass attempts for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions prior to leaving Sunday's game, and it's not yet clear whether the issue will impact his availability for next Sunday's game against the Chargers. Teddy Bridgewater (knee) has been inactive for six consecutive games, so Thompson would likely draw the Week 14 start if Tagovailoa is unavailable.

Dec 4, 2022 4:21 PM EST

O-line a worry for Week 13

Tagovailoa may have to suit up for Sunday's road matchup against the 49ers without the protection of his two top tackles, with Austin Jackson (ankle) out and Terron Armstead (pectoral) doubtful, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins will likely start Brandon Shell and Greg Little at left and right tackle, respectively, neither of whom boast the type of reliability desired against a dangerous 49ers' pass rush headlined by Nick Bosa. Last week's matchup against the Texans saw Tagovailoa make an early exit not just because of Miami's convincing 30-0 around halftime, but because the young quarterback was sacked multiple times after Jackson and Armstead both departed with injuries. The Dolphins' coaching staff is adaptable and will doubtless scheme specifically to account for an O-line missing its top players, but Tagovailoa could nonetheless face tremendous difficulty overcoming pressure during Sunday's matchup. It's possible Miami could lean more heavily than usual on Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert, both ex-49ers, in the run game.

Dec 4, 2022 3:23 AM EST

Impressive in home win

Tagovailoa completed 22 of 36 passes for 299 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Dolphins' 30-15 win over the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: Tagovailoa helped the Dolphins to points in five of their six first-half possessions, leading to a 30-0 lead that eventually facilitated an early exit for the star quarterback. While he was in there, Tagovailoa did an exemplary job of distributing the ball, hitting nine different pass catchers for completions overall, including reserve tight end Durham Smythe for his one touchdown pass. The 2020 first-round pick's three-game streak of multi-touchdown efforts was snapped, but he'll take the surging Dolphins into a Week 13 road showdown against the 49ers with an elite 19:3 TD:INT and no less than 261 passing yards in any of his last five contests.

Nov 27, 2022 1:25 PM EST

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