Nov 22, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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Report: Tagovailoa expected to start vs. Bengals

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will get the start on Sunday against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, provided there are no setbacks in warmups, according to NFL Network.

Miami coach Brian Flores told reporters Thursday that Tagovailoa would be a game-time decision. The rookie took most of the first-team snaps in practice this week to prep for the Bengals (2-8-1).

Tagovailoa, 22, injured his left thumb after inadvertently hitting his throwing hand on a helmet during practice drills last week. Ryan Fitzpatrick started on Sunday and guided the Dolphins (7-4) to a 20-3 win over the New York Jets.

The fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, Tagovailoa was limited in practice on Wednesday while sporting black tape covering his wrist and thumb.

Tagovailoa has completed 60 of 97 passes for 602 yards with six touchdowns and zero interceptions this season. He is 3-1 as a starter since taking over for Fitzpatrick.

Tagovailoa struggled in his fourth start, finishing with 83 yards passing and getting sacked six times in a 20-13 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 11.

Fitzpatrick, 38, has completed 174 of 254 passes for 1,909 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season, his 16th year in the NFL. He played with the Bengals during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

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