Aug 19, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Mike White (14) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans in the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Fins name Mike White QB2 over Skylar Thompson

Mike White will open the season as the backup to Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Monday that White earned the QB2 role over Skylar Thompson.

The Dolphins take on the Chargers on Sunday in Los Angeles.

White, 28, signed a two-year, $8 million deal with Miami in March after two seasons with the New York Jets. He was 2-5 as a starter and completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,145 yards, with eight touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Thompson, 26, appeared in seven games for the Dolphins in 2022 after being drafted in the seventh round. He was 1-1 as the starter while completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 534 yards, with one TD and three picks.

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Florida Atlantic quarterback Casey Thompson (11) participates during practice at the Schmidt Family Complex, Thursday, August 3, 2023 in Boca Raton.

Transfer QB Casey Thompson to start for FAU

Former Texas and Nebraska quarterback Casey Thompson was pegged as the starter for FAU to open the season.

Thompson started 10 games for the Longhorns in 2021 and 10 for the Cornhuskers in 2022. He’ll be QB1 again in his sixth and final season of eligibility.

The Owls begin the 2023 season under former Texas head coach Tom Herman, who nabbed Thompson from the transfer portal on May 10, well after the completion of spring football practices.

A graduate transfer, Thompson considered Notre Dame and a return to Nebraska before committing to Herman, for whom Thompson played at Texas. He competed with Daniel Richardson for the right to start Sept. 2 when Monmouth visits FAU.

Thompson had a Big 12-best 24 TD passes for the Longhorns in 2021.

Herman said Monday that Thompson’s familiarity with the offense, though differently schematically than it was three years ago, eased his learning curve.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Casey Thompson (11) throws the ball during the NCAA football game against the Purdue Boilermakers, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue won 43-37.

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QB Casey Thompson transferring to Florida Atlantic

Former Texas and Nebraska quarterback Casey Thompson is transferring to Florida Atlantic for his final season, he confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

Thompson also visited Auburn and drew interest from Notre Dame, Indiana and Houston before opting to join a familiar face with the Owls.

FAU is coached by Tom Herman, who was the head coach at Texas who successfully recruited Thompson in the Class of 2018.

Thompson played in 19 games (10 starts) with the Longhorns from 2018-21, passing for 2,422 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound Thompson completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 2,407 yards with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 games with the Cornhuskers last season. He also rushed for five touchdowns.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Texas in May 2021 and his master’s degree at Nebraska in December 2022.

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Dec 18, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson (7) takes the field during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers rework LB Shaq Thompson’s contract

Carolina Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson signed a two-year contract to reduce his $24.5 million salary cap hit for 2023 and avoid being released.

Thompson’s deal was announced by the Panthers on Saturday, one day after reportedly acquiring the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft from the Chicago Bears. Carolina did not disclose terms of the deal. But the Panthers will unload wide receiver DJ Moore in that swap with the Bears, which also helped to reset their cap situation. Moore is owed over $20 million for each of the next three seasons.

Thompson, 28, was a first-round pick in 2015 and part of a fearsome linebacker corps along with Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis.

Coming off of his fourth consecutive 100-tackle season, Thompson is set for a position switch. The Panthers are moving to a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Ejiro Evero.

“Those are all questions that are above my pay grade, but if you talk about the player, that’s definitely a player I really admire, and I think he’s a heck of a player,” Evero said of Thompson’s fit in the 304. “Definitely would love to coach him. (He fits) very well. He’s an inside backer, a three-down player. He’s a guy that can play the run game. He’s good in zone coverage, can see the quarterback, can match running backs; he fits just right.”

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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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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.

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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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Oct 29, 2022; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Casey Thompson (11) passes against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska QB Casey Thompson (arm) considered day-to-day

Nebraska starting quarterback Casey Thompson is day-to-day after suffering an injury to his throwing arm during last Saturday’s 26-9 home loss to Illinois.

Thompson didn’t practice Tuesday, interim coach Mickey Joseph told reporters, but there’s still a chance he could play this Saturday against visiting Minnesota.

In the meantime, backup quarterbacks Chubba Purdy and Logan Smothers split reps with the first-string offense evenly on Tuesday, according to Joseph.

Thompson left the Illinois game in the second quarter after throwing his second interception. At the time, Joseph said Thompson was hit in the elbow and he experienced numbness in his fingers.

Thompson finished the game 7 of 15 for 172 yards, one touchdown and two picks. Smothers played the rest of the quarter and Purdy took over for the second half.

A transfer from Texas, Thompson has thrown for 2,023 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season while completing 62.9 percent of his passes.

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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.

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Sep 24, 2021; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange linebacker Stefon Thompson catches a pass  before a game against the Liberty Flames at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse loses LB Stefon Thompson, TE Chris Elmore

Syracuse lost starting linebacker Stefon Thompson and starting tight end Chris Elmore to season-ending injuries in Saturday’s 31-7 victory against Louisville.

Thompson had three tackles and a half-sack while Elmore did not catch a pass in the season-opening home win.

Head coach Dino Babers confirmed Monday that both players sustained lower-body injuries in the first half.

Thompson has 118 tackles, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 23 career games with the Orange.

The versatile Elmore has played in 52 games as a tight end, fullback, offensive lineman and defensive tackle.

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