Tua Tagovailoa

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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


Three more TDs in win

Tagovailoa completed 25 of 32 passes for 284 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Dolphins' 39-17 win over the Browns on Sunday. He also rushed once for no gain and recovered a fumble.

Analysis: Tagovailoa put together another impressive performance through the air, although in Sunday's case, he took a bit of the road less traveled for a lot of his production. No Dolphins pass catcher recorded more than Jaylen Waddle's 66 yards, and Tagovailoa connected with eight different targets overall. Tagovailoa did hit Tyreek Hill for one of his trio of scores, but his other two touchdown passes went to the unlikely duo of Trent Sherfield and Alec Ingold. The third-year signal-caller will head into a Week 11 bye having put together three consecutive three-touchdown efforts and sporting an 18:3 TD:INT overall.

Nov 13, 2022 1:43 PM EST



Continues surge in Week 9 win

Tagovailoa completed 21 of 30 passes for 302 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Dolphins' 35-32 win over the Bears on Sunday. He also netted no gain on five rushes and fumbled once but recovered.

Analysis: Tagovailoa authored his third 300-yard effort of the season, albeit barely, while putting together his second straight 300-yard performance as well. The third-year signal-caller connected with Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle and new arrival Jeff Wilson from three, 18 and 10 yards out, respectively, for his three scoring tosses, and he distributed the ball effectively while hitting six different targets overall. Tagovailoa will take a three-game interception-less streak into a Week 10 home matchup against a beatable Browns secondary.

Nov 6, 2022 1:52 PM EST


Stellar numbers in Week 8 win

Tagovailoa completed 29 of 36 passes for 382 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions while adding 19 yards on five rushes in the Dolphins' 31-27 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Tagovailoa opened the game hot and rarely let up, taking advantage of the highly porous Lions defense to help claw Miami back from an early 14-0 deficit. The third-year pro hit Jaylen Waddle with touchdown passes of five and 29 yards in the first and second quarters, respectively, and he capped off the scoring late in the third quarter with an 11-yard scoring strike to Mike Gesicki. Meanwhile, although he didn't have any end-zone connections with Tyreek Hill, he targeted the perennial Pro Bowler a team-high 14 times, connecting with him on 12 of those occasions for 188 yards. Sunday's stellar effort, despite the caliber of competition, served as a tangible reminder of Tagovailoa's outstanding chemistry with his two top receivers and command of head coach Mike McDaniel's offense. With his first 300-yard-plus/multi-touchdown tally since Week 2, Tagovailoa heads into a Week 9 road matchup against the Bears with an abundance of momentum.

Oct 30, 2022 1:28 PM EST


Healthy return to action

Tagovailoa (concussion/ankle) completed 21 of 35 pass attempts for 261 yards and a touchdown while adding 15 yards on four carries in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Tagovailoa returned to the field after a two-game layoff due to multiple injuries, leading his team to victory in a nationally-televised game in the process. The statistics weren't gaudy from a fantasy perspective, but managers should be pleased he made it through a full game after getting knocked out early the last time he returned from injury this season. With one of the best wide receiver duos at his disposal in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, Tagovailoa is an appealing fantasy option heading into a soft matchup against Detroit next Sunday.

Oct 23, 2022 10:03 PM EST



Not on injury report

Tagovailoa isn't on the injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa is expected to step back in as Miami's starting quarterback Sunday night against the Steelers, dropping Teddy Bridgewater back to the No. 2 spot. It's a favorable matchup on paper, though the Steelers' injury-riddled secondary looks to be getting healthier after a surprisingly good day from mostly backups in a 20-18 win over Tampa Bay this past Sunday.

Oct 19, 2022 2:02 PM EST


Prepping for Week 7 start

Tagovailoa (concussion/ankle) is in line to prepare this week as the Dolphins' starting QB for Sunday night's game against the Steelers, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa, who hasn't suited up since Miami's loss to the Bengals on Sept. 29, is thus in line to return to the team's lineup after a two-game absence, barring any setbacks. Wednesday's injury report will reveal whether he's listed as a full or limited practice participant, but Adam Schefter of ESPN previously indicated that Tagovailoa was cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol Saturday.

Oct 17, 2022 2:58 PM EST


In line to start Week 7

Tagovailoa (ankle), who is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Vikings but officially cleared the concussion protocol Saturday, will start Week 7 against the Steelers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins may not formally appoint Tagovailoa to the starting role until after they conclude their three Week 7 practices, but in the absence of any setbacks, the quarterback's two-game absence will come to an end. Skylar Thompson is slated to make his first NFL start against the Vikings, while Teddy Bridgewater will serve as his backup after clearing the concussion protocol Saturday but having managed only one full practice this week.

Oct 16, 2022 6:40 AM EST


Clears protocol, still out Sunday

Tagovailoa cleared concussion protocols but is not expected to play Sunday against the Vikings, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins appear to be operating with practice time in mind as both Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater were cleared from concussion protocols Saturday, but both are expected to backup rookie Skylar Thompson as neither were able to practice this week. Pelissero notes the three-year starter flew to multiple specialists to confirm the clearing of concussion protocols and suffered no setbacks throughout the two-week absence. As a result the 2020 first-round pick is expected to start in primetime against a vulnerable Steelers defense in Week 7.

Oct 15, 2022 7:19 AM EST


Takes step forward in protocol

Tagovailoa (concussion/ankle), who is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Vikings, was a full participant in Friday's practice.

Analysis: Miami decided early in the week that Tagovailoa will miss his second game in a row, and while the quarterback remains in the concussion protocol, his advancement to full participation in practice suggests he's on the doorstep of gaining full medical clearance. Assuming Tagovailoa maintains full practice activity during the upcoming week and receives the green light from an independent neurologist to return to the field, he could be on track to reclaim the Dolphins' starting quarterback duties Oct. 23 against the Steelers. As for this week, the Dolphins plan to have third-stringer Skylar Thompson make his first career NFL start while No. 2 option Teddy Bridgewater (concussion/pectoral) -- who is listed as questionable -- likely handles backup duties since he didn't resume practicing fully until Friday.

Oct 14, 2022 2:03 PM EST


Confirmed out for Week 6

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said that he's excited to have Tagovailoa back at practice Wednesday, but the quarterback won't be active for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, McDaniel said he's tentatively planning on having rookie Skylar Thompson make his first career start at quarterback this weekend, though McDaniel acknowledged that Teddy Bridgewater -- who filled in for Tagovailoa in the Week 5 loss to the Jets before suffering a concussion of his own -- could clear the five-step protocol before Sunday. At this point, however, McDaniel said that Bridgewater is in the second phase of the protocol, according to Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com, and Tagovailoa looks to be at a similar spot in his recovery from the concussion he sustained in the Sept. 29 loss to the Bengals. McDaniel told Louis-Jacques that Tagovailoa will go through individual drills at Wednesday's practice, and if he continues to avoid setbacks in his recovery from the concussion, he could mix into team work later in the week or early next week. At least for the time being, Tagovailoa looks like he could realistically return to the lineup as soon as the Dolphins' Week 7 game against the Steelers on Oct. 23.

Oct 12, 2022 8:00 AM EST


Will practice, unlikely to play

Tagovailoa (concussion) will return to the practice field Wednesday and resume throwing, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa reportedly remains 'highly unlikely' for Week 6 even in the event that he clears the concussion protocol, which his return to practice Wednesday represents a step towards. The third-year quarterback hasn't practiced in any capacity since Sept. 29, though Pelissero reports he has done rehab work and consulted with four independent specialists. With Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) and Tagovailoa seemingly still not an immediate candidate to return to the lineup, Miami could have to turn to third-string man Skylar Thompson under center against the Vikings on Sunday. In any case, though, it's a positive sign to see Tagovailoa progressing in his recovery.

Oct 12, 2022 6:07 AM EST


Not traveling with team

Tagovailoa (concussion) will not travel with the Dolphins for Sunday's game against the Jets, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa will not travel with the team Week 5 as he continues to work through the concussion protocol, a process that coach Mike McDaniel confirmed has involved meeting with multiple specialists. McDaniel also denied the possibility of Tagovailoa going on injured reserve today or tomorrow, but said the team is still gathering information. A timetable for the young quarterback's recovery remains undisclosed, but it looks like Miami isn't willing to rule him out for the next four games. Teddy Bridgewater will hold down the fort under center until Tagovailoa is back to full health.

Oct 7, 2022 8:56 AM EST


Out Week 5, at least

Coach Mike McDaniel ruled Tagovailoa (concussion) out for Week 5 versus the Jets on Monday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: McDaniel said it's too early to provide a definite timetable for Tagovailoa's return, but Teddy Bridgewater is in line for at least one start. Tagovailoa is in the Dolphins' practice facilities but still in the league's concussion protocol, which he will need to fully clear before retaking the field can be discussed. Though it's relieving that MRI results on Tagovailoa's neck came back negative, it still seems likely that Miami takes a cautious approach to his recovery, so the possibility of Bridgewater making multiple starts can't be ruled out.

Oct 3, 2022 10:39 AM EST


MRI results negative

Tagovailoa (concussion) has received 'clean' results on all medical examinations, including an MRI on his neck, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa remains in the league's concussion protocol, but he's at least avoided suffering any fractures in his neck or similar injuries. Coach Mike McDaniel has declined to offer an expected recovery timetable for the third-year quarterback, per Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com, saying "it's all about Tua the person." Teddy Bridgewater would be in line to start Week 5 versus the Jets if Tagovailoa is unavailable, and it certainly seems likely that the Dolphins will proceed cautiously with his recovery. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Tagovailoa is expected to be interviewed next week as part of the NFL's and NFLPA's investigation into his having been cleared to retake the field Week 3 versus the Bills. Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports that the unaffiliated neurotrama consultant involved in clearing Tagovailoa versus Buffalo has been fired as a result of the NFLPA's initial findings.

Oct 2, 2022 3:18 AM EST


Timetable for return TBD

Coach Mike McDaniel relayed Friday that he has no timetable for when Tagovailoa, who is in the NFL's concussion protocol, might be able to return to action, ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: "I'm not even really thinking about timetables or anything regarding him as a player right now," McDaniel said of Tagovailoa, who was stretchered off the field during Thursday's game against the Bengals. "It's all about Tua the person." For now, the Dolphins are awaiting the results of an MRI that Tagovailoa underwent, but given what's transpired in the last two games the QB has played in, look for the team to proceed cautiously with Tagovailoa ahead of Miami's Week 5 contest against the Jets on Oct. 9. If Tagovailoa is sidelined at that time, Teddy Bridgewater would be in line to start in his place versus New York.

Sep 30, 2022 2:30 PM EST


Set for MRI, initial scans negative

Tagovailoa (concussion/neck) traveled back with teammates after Thursday's loss to the Bengals and is scheduled for an MRI on his neck Friday, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa traveled back with the team while wearing a neck brace, but initial testing revealed that he hasn't suffered any broken bones. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that that current indications about the quarterback are positive, while Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald confirms that Tagovailoa is now officially in the league's concussion protocol and will continue to be monitored closely. Teddy Bridgewater will be in line to start Week 5 versus the Jets if Tagovailoa isn't able to reach full medical clearance over the next 10 days, and there's no question that the 24-year-old's long-term health ought to be Miami's top concern.

Sep 30, 2022 6:12 AM EST


Set to travel back with team

Tagovailoa (head/neck) will be released from the hospital Thursday night and travel back to Miami with his teammates, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa was transported to the hospital after sustaining head and neck injuries in Thursday's 27-15 loss to the Bengals, but he feels good enough to leave the hospital and board the flight back to Miami. While it's too early to determine whether he'll be ready to play in Week 5 against the Jets, Tagovailoa will benefit from three extra days to recover since Miami will play on the usual Sunday in Week 5 after playing Thursday in Week 4. Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tagovailoa in the second quarter and proceeded to throw for 193 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Bridgewater will continue to start if Tagovailoa misses additional game action.

Sep 29, 2022 8:25 PM EST


Transferred to hospital

Tagovailoa has been transferred to University of Cincinnati Medical Center after sustaining head and neck injuries Thursday against the Bengals, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa's head hit the ground on a sack in the second quarter and he required a stretcher to leave the field. He was slammed hard into the ground for a second consecutive game, and while Tagovailoa was able to return to last week's win over the Bills, the quarterback has already been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday's game. Teddy Bridgewater came in after Tagovailoa's injury, and Miami also has third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson dressed due to the uncertainty over Tagovailoa's health coming into the game.

Sep 29, 2022 6:51 PM EST


Stretchered off against Bengals

Tagovailoa (back) was stretchered off the field in the second quarter of Thursday's game against the Bengals, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa stayed down after being slammed into the ground on a sack by Josh Tupou. Miami's quarterback came into the game nursing back and ankle injuries, and he hit the ground hard with his back and helmet. Clarification on the nature and extent of Tua's injury will likely come after further testing, but he's unlikely to return to Thursday's game after completing eight of 14 passes for 110 yards and one interception. Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tagovailoa after the injury.

Sep 29, 2022 6:35 PM EST


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