Jan 2, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Giants quarterback Mike Glennon (2) drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

QB concerns aplenty, Dolphins add Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon joined the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad as the team deals with two ailing quarterbacks.

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday that Tua Tagovailoa would not play Sunday and backup Teddy Bridgewater is not able to throw a football at the moment because of a dislocated right pinkie.

“I can’t forecast Teddy’s availability,” McDaniel said, running through the possible pecking order in practice, including Glennon. “We thought this was the best course.”

Bridgewater has swelling in his hand causing a diminished grip on the football, the aftereffects of the pinkie injury, and is limited to “ball handling drills” in Wednesday’s practice.

If his grip strength doesn’t improve, Glennon could be activated for Sunday’s pivotal game against the New York Jets.

Third-stringer Skylar Thompson is expected to draw the start if Bridgewater can’t go. But McDaniel said he will prepare all available quarterbacks for action this week.

Thompson replaced Bridgewater in last week’s loss to the New England Patriots.

Glennon, 33, last played in 2021, going 0-4 as the starter for the New York Giants. He’s 6-25 for his career as a starter in the NFL.

Glennon has thrown for 7,025 yards and 47 touchdowns against 35 interceptions in 40 games (31 starts) overall for six different teams.

Tagovailoa is in the protocol for the third time this season after self-reporting symptoms following a Week 16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He missed Sunday’s setback to the New England Patriots, the team’s fifth straight loss.

The Dolphins need to beat the Jets on Sunday and hope the Buffalo Bills beat the Patriots in order to clinch the final spot in the AFC wild-card picture. Jets coach Robert Saleh, a close friend of McDaniel’s from their time together as assistant coaches with the 49ers, said he’s embracing the “spoiler role.”

“Would it be nice to have McDaniel hanging out with me poolside in a couple weeks? You’re damn right it would,” Saleh said Wednesday.

Prior to exiting the Patriots game, Bridgewater completed 12 of 19 passes for 161 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The journeyman started one other game earlier in the season, also against the Jets — and left in the first quarter with a head injury.

Thompson, a seventh-round pick out of Kansas State, started the game after that against Minnesota and has seen action in six games as a rookie. He has thrown for 382 yards, one touchdown and three picks.

–Field Level Media

Dec 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) throws the football during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa not a QB option for Dolphins in Week 18

With a playoff berth on the line, coach Mike McDaniel said the Miami Dolphins will start either Teddy Bridgewater or rookie Skylar Thompson in Week 18 against the New York Jets, with Tua Tagovailoa remaining in the league’s concussion protocol.

Tagovailoa is in the protocol for the third time this season after self-reporting symptoms following a Week 16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He missed Sunday’s setback to the New England Patriots, the team’s fifth straight loss.

There is no timetable for Tagovailoa’s return, McDaniel told reporters Monday.

“I haven’t even thought about (Tagovailoa’s) playing status. It’s about him getting healthy each and every day,” McDaniel told reporters. “And so I can’t really even factor him into any sort of equation until we’re ready to broach that.

“Specifically as mandated, I haven’t had a discussion with Tua about when he’s playing.”

The Dolphins need to beat the Jets on Sunday and hope the Buffalo Bills beat the Patriots in order to clinch the final spot in the AFC wild-card picture.

McDaniel said it was too soon to know whether Bridgewater, who injured the pinkie finger of his throwing hand Sunday, would be able to play against the Jets. Multiple reports Sunday night said the Dolphins believed the finger was broken.

Tagovailoa had a strong start to the season, with the Dolphins going 8-0 in the first eight games he started and finished. But he threw a season-high three interceptions against the Packers on Christmas Day. He’s thrown for 3,548 yards and 25 touchdowns, both career highs in his third NFL season, along with eight interceptions on 64.8 percent passing.

Prior to exiting the Patriots game, Bridgewater completed 12 of 19 passes for 161 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The journeyman started one other game earlier in the season, also against the Jets — and left in the first quarter with a head injury.

Thompson, a seventh-round pick out of Kansas State, started the game after that against Minnesota and has seen action in six games as a rookie. He has thrown for 382 yards, one touchdown and three picks. The touchdown came Sunday against New England on a 4-yarder to tight end Mike Gesicki with 1:04 to play, cutting the deficit to two points, but it was in vain as Miami did not recover an onside kick.

“It’s just really a situation of, at this point in the week — Monday and Tuesday game prep — I’ll be preparing for both Skylar and Teddy, and then proceed as the week progresses,” McDaniel said.

–Field Level Media

Dec 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) stands on the field during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa diagnosed with concussion, ruled out Sunday

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was diagnosed with a concussion and ruled out for Sunday’s game at New England with a playoff spot on the line.

If the Dolphins (8-7) beat the Patriots (7-8) behind backup Teddy Bridgewater, and the New York Jets lose to the Seahawks at Seattle, Miami would earn an AFC wild-card spot and end a five-year playoff drought.

Head coach Mike McDaniel confirmed the official diagnosis on Wednesday, adding that Tagovailoa would focus solely on his health. He was not removed from last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, and the NFL absolved in-person concussion spotters and the Miami coaching staff for not identifying the issue during live action.

Per NFL Network, league chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said Tuesday that Tagovailoa exhibited zero injury behaviors and reported zero symptoms “that would have triggered the (league’s concussion) protocol.”

The network also reported the NFL Players Association will again investigate the handling of Tagovailoa’s injury. The NFL and NFLPA jointly investigated Tagovailoa’s previous head injury sustained during the Dolphins’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 29.

“The step-by-step process outlined in the concussion protocol was followed, the outcome in this case was not what was intended,” the NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement on Oct. 8.

The league then announced changes to the protocol.

A modified protocol added the term “ataxia” to the list of mandatory “no-go” symptoms. Ataxia is defined as an abnormality of balance or stability, motor coordination or dysfunctional speech caused by a neurological issue.

McDaniel wouldn’t divulge additional details on Tagovailoa’s latest injury on Wednesday, including whether he could be available next week against the Jets.

“This is a private time for him to focus on his health and that’s all I really want to get into,” McDaniel said. “This is a human being. His health is the first, foremost and only priority.”

McDaniel said he became concerned with Tagovailoa’s health after watching film of the loss to the Packers. At that point, the team pushed Tagovailoa to meet with team doctors.

“There were some things that caused us to really prod,” he said.

McDaniel said it’s “terrible” to see Tagovailoa in concussion protocol for a second time this season. Tagovailoa said in October that he completely lost consciousness and doesn’t recall being transported on a backboard by ambulance to a Cincinnati hospital after a hit from Bengals nose tackle Josh Tupou.

One game later, the Dolphins started Bridgewater against the Jets but had to insert seventh-round rookie Skylar Thompson on the second drive due to Bridgewater being diagnosed with a concussion.

The Dolphins have lost four consecutive games and hit the road for the fourth time in five weeks. Miami defeated the Patriots 20-7 in Week 1.

“Moving forward today, Teddy Bridgewater is the starter,” McDaniel said on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) is pursued by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou (68) in the second quarter of the NFL Week 4 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins at PayCor Stadium in downtown on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. The Bengals 14-12 at halftime.

Miami Dolphins At Cincinnati Bengals Week 4

Tua Tagovailoa at practice, Dolphins QB Skylar Thompson could start vs. Vikings

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returned to practice for the first time since a head injury forced him out of the lineup at Cincinnati.

The plan calls for Tagovailoa to throw, which qualifies as “non-contact, sport-specific activity” but not participate in the full practice.

“It will be exciting for today because, really, in these situations you are relying on all medical advice and what people can do, and what I’ve been told is that he can go out and throw and do some individual work today,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said.

“When talking about this week and playing, I don’t see him being active. … I can say with certainty that he’s not going to be playing this Sunday.”

As for a timeline for Tagovailoa’s return, McDaniel said “those types of decisions aren’t in the immediate future.”

With Teddy Bridgewater also in concussion protocol, McDaniel said Skylar Thompson is on track to start for the Dolphins (3-2) versus the visiting Minnesota Vikings (4-1).

Thompson, 25, completed 19 of 33 passes for 166 yards and one interception in relief of Bridgewater in Miami’s 40-17 loss to the New York Jets last Sunday.

Reid Sinnett would be promoted from the practice squad should Bridgewater remain unavailable.

NFL Network reported Wednesday morning the move involving Tagovailoa not a progression toward returning to play, for which there is “no timeline” established.

Per the report, Tagovailoa consulted at least “four independent specialists, including the top sports concussion neurologist and the top neuropsychologist,” since the Sept. 29 injury forced him out of the loss to the Bengals.

The Dolphins set off a firestorm when Tagovailoa was allowed back in the game in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills. Since then, the doctor who cleared Tagovailoa to return to that game was fired by the NFL Players Association.

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said last Friday that Tagovailoa was checked for concussion symptoms every day before an independent neurologist cleared him to take the field four days after the Bills’ game on a Thursday night against the Bengals.

The 24-year-old quarterback hit his head on the turf while being sacked by Bengals nose tackle Josh Tupou. Tagovailoa remained on the turf for roughly 12 minutes before he was carted off the field on a stretcher and eventually taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with a concussion and neck injury.

Tagovailoa has been at the team facility but was in concussion protocol, head coach Mike McDaniel said on Monday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 29, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou (68) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) in the second quarter at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. Tagovailoa sustained a head injury on the play and left the game for treatment. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins rule out Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) for Week 5

The Miami Dolphins on Monday said a concussion will keep starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on the sidelines for this week’s game.

Tagovailoa remains in the concussion protocol after being slammed to the turf in the Dolphins’ loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday.

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said there’s no timeline on his return. The Dolphins (3-1) visit the New York Jets (2-2) on Sunday.

“He’ll be out for this game against the Jets,” McDaniel said Monday.

Teddy Bridgewater will draw the start. The Dolphins signed QB Reid Sinnett to their practice squad.

McDaniel said Tagovailoa is spending time in the practice facility as he goes through the concussion protocol. He added that the quarterback’s MRI came back clean.

The Dolphins set off a firestorm when Tagovailoa was allowed back in the game in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills. Since then, the doctor who cleared Tagovailoa to return to that game was fired by the NFL Players Association.

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said Friday that Tagovailoa was checked for concussion symptoms every day last week before an independent neurologist cleared him to take the field on Thursday night against the Bengals.

The 24-year-old quarterback hit his head on the turf while being sacked by Bengals nose tackle Josh Tupou. Tagovailoa remained on the turf for roughly 12 minutes before he was carted off the field on a stretcher and eventually taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with a concussion and neck injury.

On Monday, McDaniel maintained his belief that all the protocols were followed by the team.

“I’m still very confident with how we did that,” McDaniel said.

And who has to sign off on Tagovailoa’s return?

“It’s not one person. It’s a collection of contributing factors,” said McDaniel, who was asked if a neurologist should have the final say.

“There are different working relationships that I can’t really attest to,” McDaniel said. “In this case, there were lines of agreement, really. I don’t have an opinion on whether that’s the best or worst case for every team.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 29, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa stretchered off field after hit vs. Bengals

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken off the field on a stretcher during Thursday night’s contest against the Cincinnati Bengals with a possible head injury.

Tagovailoa was down on the field for approximately 10 minutes after the injury that occurred with 5:43 remaining in the second quarter.

Shortly before halftime, the Dolphins announced that Tagovailoa was conscious but was being taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with head and neck injuries.

Tagovailoa was sacked by Cincinnati’s Josh Tupou and swung to the ground violently. His head and upper back hit the turf hard and his fingers spasmed in an odd manner.

The injury comes four days after Tagovailoa briefly left Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills and returned after passing the concussion protocol.

He said Tuesday that he didn’t injure his head against the Bills. He was active for Thursday’s game after being listed on the injury report with back and ankle injuries.

Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tagovailoa, who completed 8 of 14 passes for 110 yards and one interception. Miami trailed 7-6 at the time.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) looks to hand off the ball in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos take 12 off COVID list, put Teddy Bridgewater on IR

The Denver Broncos removed a dozen players from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and placed three others on season-ending reserve, including quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater (concussion), safety Kareem Jackson (back) and guard Dalton Risner (elbow) will miss Saturday’s Week 18 finale against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs (11-5).

Drew Lock will make his third straight start under center for the Broncos (7-9), who have dropped three straight and four of their last five.

The players removed from the COVID list were (in alphabetical order): DL McTelvin Agim, ILB Baron Browning, CB Bryce Callahan, OLB Bradley Chubb, OLB Jonathan Cooper, CB Mike Ford, WR Jerry Jeudy, T Bobby Massie, WR Tim Patrick, DL Mike Purcell, S Caden Sterns and OLB Stephen Weatherly.

WR Tyrie Cleveland was activated from the practice squad’s COVID list.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater, OBJ set to play on ‘TNF’

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is set to play against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night despite being banged up.

Bridgewater has been listed as questionable all week with a foot injury he sustained in last week’s game. He was seen limping at practice this week.

On the other sideline, Browns wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are both active. Landry was on short-term injured reserve and hasn’t played since Week 2. Both will be essential for backup quarterback Case Keenum, getting the start in place of Baker Mayfield, out with a left shoulder injury.

Beckham injured his shoulder on a tackle last week.

Landry suffered an MCL sprain in the first quarter of a Week 2 win against the Houston Texans. The injury snapped his streak of 111 consecutive games with at least two receptions.

Browns starting right tackle Jack Conklin (knee) has been ruled out. Blake Hance gets the start at RT. With Nick Chubb ruled out and backup running back Kareem Hunt on IR, both with calf injuries, D’Ernest Johnson gets the start behind Keenum.

Bridgewater has started every game this season, completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 1,514 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles (knee) was listed as questionable but is active. Safety Caden Sterns (illness) was also questionable against Cleveland but is active.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater cleared to start vs. Steelers

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has cleared the concussion protocol and will start Sunday’s road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL Network reported.

The team listed Bridgewater as questionable on the injury report. He was a full participant on Friday after being limited on Thursday.

Bridgewater was injured during last Sunday’s 23-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on a hit by pass rusher Odafe Oweh.

In his first season with the Broncos, Bridgewater is off to a strong start by completing 72.1 percent of his passes for 892 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Drew Lock completed 12 of 21 passes for 113 yards and one interception against Baltimore in relief of Bridgewater.

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Oct 3, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive end Justin Madubuike (92) and defensive tackle Justin Ellis (71) tackle Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) faces one more hurdle

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will likely start Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers if he fully clears the concussion protocol on Saturday.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio told reporters on Friday that being cleared by an independent physician is the last hurdle for Bridgewater to clear.

“Right now he’s progressed nicely — he’s cleared up to this point,” Fangio said after Friday’s practice. “They’ll decide (Saturday) for the final verdict.”

The team listed Bridgewater as questionable on the injury report. He was a full participant on Friday after being limited on Thursday.

Bridgewater was injured during last Sunday’s 23-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He is off to a strong start by completing 72.1 percent of his passes for 892 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Drew Lock will start if Bridgewater isn’t cleared. Lock was 12-of-21 passing for 113 yards and one interception against Baltimore.

Denver tight end Albert Okwuegbunam (hamstring) will miss the contest. Also listed as questionable are running back Melvin Gordon III (leg), receivers Diontae Spencer (chest) and Courtland Sutton (ankle) and cornerback Patrick Surtain II (chest).

–Field Level Media