Dec 17, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) after the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tua Tagovailoa still in protocol, to miss Pro Bowl

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa remains in the concussion protocol and will miss next week’s Pro Bowl Games in Las Vegas, ESPN reported Friday.

Tagovailoa continues to meet with multiple doctors and specialists and there have been no setbacks regarding his long-term health, per the report.

He made the Pro Bowl roster as a first alternate with both Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes playing in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. One of them will be bound for Super Bowl LVII.

Tagovailoa, 24, entered the protocol on Dec. 26 after suffering a concussion in a Week 16 loss against the Green Bay Packers. He had a previous concussion in Week 4 that caused him to miss two starts.

The third-year QB led the NFL with a 105.5 passer rating in 2022, completing 64.8 percent of his passes for a career-high totals in yards (3,548) and touchdowns (25). He also had eight interceptions in 13 starts.

The Dolphins face a May 1 deadline to exercise the fifth-year option on Tagovailoa’s rookie contract.

Drafted No. 5 overall by Miami in 2020, Tagovailoa has passed for 8,015 yards with 52 TDs and 23 picks in 36 games (34 starts).

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Dec 30, 2022; Charlotte, NC, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) looks to pass in the second quarter in the 2022 Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa returning for senior season

Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is returning to the Maryland Terrapins for one more season in 2023.

Tagovailoa passed for 221 yards and a touchdown in a 16-12 win against NC State in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on Dec. 30.

He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2022 by completing 67.0 percent of his passes for 3,008 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for four scores.

The rising redshirt senior made the announcement Wednesday.

“My goal when coming to Maryland was to help coach (Mike) Locksley turn this program around,” Tagovailoa said. “After winning back-to-back bowl games, I believe we have things going in the right direction. But we’re not done yet. I’m not done yet.”

Since transferring from Alabama ahead of the 2020 season, the younger brother of Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa has set the Terrapins’ career records for completions (665), passing yards (7,879) and passing TDs (51).

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Jan 8, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Skylar Thompson (19) walks of the field after beating the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins to start QB Skylar Thompson vs. Bills

The Miami Dolphins will start rookie Skylar Thompson at quarterback in Sunday’s AFC wild-card game at Buffalo, coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Friday.

Fellow quarterback Tua Tagovailoa remains in the concussion protocol. Teddy Bridgewater has a dislocated pinky on his throwing hand and will back up Thompson against the Bills.

Thompson, 25, completed 20 of 31 passes for 152 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in last Sunday’s 11-6 victory against the New York Jets.

For the season, the seventh-round draft pick completed 57.1 percent of his attempts for 534 yards, one TD and three interceptions in seven games (two starts).

No. 2 seed Buffalo (13-3) and Miami (9-8) split their AFC East meetings this season, with the Dolphins winning 21-19 at home in Week 3 and losing 32-29 in Orchard Park, N.Y., in Week 15.

McDaniel said the status of running back Raheem Mostert (broken finger) will be determined Friday afternoon.

Miami offensive linemen Terron Armstead, Liam Eichenberg, Kendall Lamm and Brandon Shell did not practice Wednesday or Thursday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel talks with quarterback Skylar Thompson (19) between plays against the New York Jets during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa out, rookie Skylar Thompson to start

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is out for the AFC wild-card game at Buffalo on Sunday.

Tagovailoa has not cleared concussion protocol and is prohibited from football activities. Head coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday that Tagovailoa officially has been ruled out, and the Dolphins are preparing rookie Skylar Thompson to start against the Bills.

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. The Dolphins broke a five-game losing streak and won a wild-card spot with a 9-8 record by virtue of their 11-6 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Thompsonm a seventh-round pick in the 2022 draft, was 20 of 31 for 152 passing yards in Week 18, drawing the starting assignment over Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater was active last week but limited by an injury to the pinkie finger on his right hand.

Miami is fixed on the short-term, McDaniel said, which includes winning at Buffalo and getting Tagovailoa healthy. The first-year head coach didn’t want to discuss any long-term plans for the quarterback position, only saying the focus is on helping Tagovailoa “getting to full health as a human being.”

McDaniel said the Dolphins aren’t ruling out running back Raheem Mostert this week despite a broken thumb. Mostert leads the Dolphins with 891 rushing yards.

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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.

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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) drops back to ass against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Nov. 27, 2022.

NFL moves Week 14 Dolphins-Chargers game to SNF

NFL Most Valuable Player candidate Tua Tagovailoa and the rising Miami Dolphins will get an extra prime-time showcase, as their Week 14 road game against the Los Angeles Chargers was moved to the “Sunday Night Football” slot.

The move was announced Tuesday as part of the NFL’s flex scheduling plan. The league reserves the right to replace the Sunday night games late in the season in favor of a better matchup.

In this case, the Dec. 11 Dolphins-Chargers game will get the 8:20 p.m. ET position on NBC, trading places with that day’s Kansas City Chiefs-at-Denver Broncos contest, which will now air on CBS at 4:05 p.m. ET.

The Dolphins (8-3) have an 8-0 record in games that Tagovailoa has started and finished. Tagovailoa was carted off from the field during Miami’s 27-15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 29, and the Dolphins dropped the next two games without him.

Tagovailoa has thrown for 2,564 yards and 19 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He is the third favorite for MVP at DraftKings with +500 odds, trailing just Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (-160) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (+350).

FanDuel has Mahomes at -140, Hurts at +350 and Tagovailoa at +600.

The Chargers (6-5) are just one win out of a playoff position after pulling out a 25-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the last minute on Sunday.

The Chiefs (9-2) own the best record in the AFC, but their matchup against the Broncos became less appealing with Denver sitting at 3-8 and riding a three-game losing streak.

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Nov 6, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) makes a pass after avoiding a sack in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa outduels Justin Fields as Dolphins edge Bears

Tua Tagovailoa passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns and Tyreek Hill had 143 receiving yards and a score as the visiting Miami Dolphins defeated the Chicago Bears 35-32 on Sunday afternoon.

Miami (6-3) notched its third straight victory since Tagovailoa returned from a concussion. Despite a standout effort from quarterback Justin Fields — who passed for three touchdowns, ran for another and accounted for 301 yards of total offense — the Bears lost for the fifth time in six games.

Fields rushed for 178 yards, breaking Michael Vick’s record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a regular-season game.

Chicago (3-6) finished with 252 yards on the ground. David Montgomery followed Fields with 36 rushing yards as the Bears joined the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers as the only franchises in the Super Bowl era to run for 225-plus yards in four straight games.

Fields scored on a 61-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter, then completed a two-point conversion pass to cut Chicago’s deficit to 28-25.

Cole Kmet had five catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns, with the second of those drawing the Bears to within 35-32 with 11:38 remaining. Miami followed with its second turnover on downs inside Chicago territory, but it regrouped to force a Bears punt. Chicago had another chance in the closing minutes but turned the ball over on downs near midfield.

Tagovailoa completed 21 of 30 passes while connecting with Hill, Jaylen Waddle and recent acquisition Jeff Wilson for touchdowns.

Chicago and Miami each scored on their first two drives, which the Dolphins’ pair of touchdowns eclipsing a touchdown and field goal for the Bears.

As the Bears prepared to punt on their third drive, Jaelan Phillips burst through the line to block Trenton Gill’s kick, and Andrew Van Ginkel recovered, racing 25 yards for a touchdown and a 21-10 Dolphins lead.

The Bears rebounded, however, responding with a 12-play, 75-yard yard scoring drive punctuated by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Fields to Darnell Mooney. The game entered halftime with Miami ahead 21-17 after Jason Sanders missed a 29-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the second quarter.

Waddle caught an 18-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive of the third quarter and Wilson scored on a 10-yard reception after Fields’ 61-yarder.

Fields became the first player in league history with three passing touchdowns and at least 140 rushing yards in the same game.

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Maryland's Taulia Tagovailoa (3) is looked at by medical personnel during the Indiana versus Maryland football game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.

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Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa (knee) game-time decision

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is dealing with a sprained MCL in his right knee and coach Mike Locksley said Tuesday the rising star is a “game-time decision” for Saturday’s home game against Northwestern.

Tagovailoa was carted off the field during the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s 38-33 road win over Indiana. He underwent an MRI exam that confirmed the injury.

He was hurt when an Indiana defender fell on his leg after he threw a pass.

“A huge sense of relief, obviously,” Locksley said of a second opinion that confirmed the sprain and ruled out a more serious injury.

It is the second time this season that Tagovailoa has sprained the MCL in the knee. The first time was during a 34-27 road loss against then-No. 4 Michigan on Sept. 24.

Tagovailoa has been wearing a brace since the initial injury and Locksley said that may have prevented a more serious injury.

Tagovailoa is the younger brother of Miami Dolphins standout Tua Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa is enjoying a solid season, with 2,001 passing yards and 13 touchdowns while being intercepted five times.

Last season, Tagovailoa set a single-season program record with 3,860 passing yards and tied the school mark of 26 touchdown passes. Scott Milanovich also tossed 26 in 1993.

Billy Edwards Jr. will start against Northwestern if Tagovailoa can’t play. Edwards has completed 9 of 16 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 93 yards and one score this season.

Edwards, a redshirt freshman, is a transfer from Wake Forest.

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Sep 29, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) is pursued by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou (68) in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK

Dolphins plan for Tua Tagovailoa to start vs. Steelers

Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Monday that the team plans to start quarterback Tua Tagovailoa against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, marking his return suffering a concussion and neck injury last month.

Tagovailoa cleared the league’s concussion protocol over the weekend but was not active for Miami’s Week 6 game against the Minnesota Vikings. Rookie Skylar Thompson started but left the game with an injury to his throwing thumb, and Teddy Bridgewater — recently out of concussion protocol — finished the game. Miami lost, 24-16.

Tagovailoa has not played since leaving the field on a stretcher in a Week 4 loss at Cincinnati. He hit his head on the turf while being sacked by Bengals nose tackle Josh Tupou and remained on the ground for roughly 12 minutes before he was carted off and taken to a hospital with a concussion and neck injury.

That injury came four days after he was allowed to return to the Dolphins’ Week 3 game against Buffalo after leaving with an apparent head injury. His quick clearance to return to the game resulted in the NFL and NFLPA revising their concussion protocols, along with firing the “unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant” who let Tagovailoa return against Buffalo.

Tagovailoa, 24, led Miami to a 3-0 start this season and has completed 69.6 percent of his passes for 1,035 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.

–Field Level Media