Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) greets teammates before the start of the game against Indianapolis Colts during NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday in Miami Gardens.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa designated to return off IR

The Miami Dolphins designated quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to return from injured reserve on Tuesday.

Tagovailoa has been on IR since Sept. 25, six days after injuring his ribs in the Dolphins’ 35-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

The Dolphins won at New England in Week 1 but are off to a 1-4 start with the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) up next Sunday in London. Jacksonville has lost 20 consecutive games.

Jacoby Brissett replaced Tagovailoa as the starting quarterback and could still see action if the former first-round pick isn’t ready to play.

Brissett, however, played with a severe hamstring strain during Sunday’s 45-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was taken to the locker room on a cart before returning to the game.

Brissett, 28, was 27 of 39 passing for 275 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception against the Bucs.

Tagovailoa, 23, is 17 of 31 for 215 yards with one touchdown and one interception in two starts this season.

–Field Level Media

Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) greets teammates before the start of the game against Indianapolis Colts during NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday in Miami Gardens.

QB Tua Tagovailoa could return for Dolphins in London

Injured quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went through an on-field workout on Monday and could be back for the Miami Dolphins this week.

Head coach Brian Flores said Tagovailoa was impressive moving around the field and passing in his first extensive work since being sidelined with fractured ribs.

“I’ll see what the week of practice looks like,” Flores said of activating Tagovailoa from short-term injured reserve.

The Dolphins won at New England in Week 1 but are off to a 1-4 start with the Jacksonville Jaguars up next Sunday in London. Jacksonville has lost 20 consecutive games.

Jacoby Brissett replaced Tagovailoa as the starting quarterback and could still see action if Tagovailoa isn’t ready to play. Pain tolerance, Flores said, will be the main consideration when determining which quarterback will start.

Brissett, however, played with a severe hamstring strain during Sunday’s 45-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was taken to the locker room on a cart before returning to the game. Flores said Brissett’s status will be determined this week.

Brissett was 27-of-39 passing for 275 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception against the Bucs.

Tagovailoa hasn’t played since Week 2, when he left the field in the first quarter after taking a shot from Bills pass rusher A.J. Epenesa.

He completed 17 of 31 passes with one touchdown and one interception in two games this season.

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Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1), falls to the ground as he ties to leave the field  after being sacked by Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Daryl Williams (75) during first quarter action of their NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday in Miami Gardens. Tagovailoa did not return to action. BILL INGRAM/ Palm Beach Post

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Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa has fractured ribs, out Sunday

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders with rib fractures.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores announced Wednesday morning that Tagovailoa will be sidelined this week and veteran Jacoby Brissett will get the start for 1-1 Miami.

Tagovailoa suffered the rib injury in the first quarter of last Sunday’s game against Buffalo when Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa sacked him on a fourth-and-2 pass attempt. The quarterback left the game and did not return.

Brissett, a six-year NFL veteran in his first season in Miami, has 32 career starts.

Last week, he completed 24 of 40 for 169 yards, one interception in Buffalo’s 35-0 victory.

Flores said the Dolphins are evaluating Tagovailoa’s injury on a week-to-week basis.

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Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1), falls to the ground as he ties to leave the field  after being sacked by Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Daryl Williams (75) during first quarter action of their NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday in Miami Gardens. Tagovailoa did not return to action. BILL INGRAM/ Palm Beach Post

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Report: Tests on Tua Tagovailoa’s ribs come back clean

An MRI conducted on Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s ribs came back clean Monday, NFL reported.

X-rays on Tagovailoa’s ribs also were negative Sunday after he was carted to the locker room following a hard shot from Buffalo Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa in the first quarter.

Tagovailoa’s availability for Week 3 is uncertain at this point. With a game coming up against the Las Vegas Raiders (2-0), it’ll be about pain tolerance playing with bruised ribs, per the report.

Tagovailoa completed 1 of 4 passes for 13 yards and was sacked twice before exiting after just two possessions.

Jacoby Brissett, who replaced Tagovailoa on Sunday, likely would get the call for the Dolphins (1-1) if the second-year QB is unable to go.

Brissett finished 24 for 40 for 169 yards and an interception in the 35-0 mauling by the Bills. Brissett was sacked four times in the loss.

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Sep 19, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) reacts after being sacked by Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson (24) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (rib) exits vs. Bills

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left the field on a cart in the first quarter on Sunday and is questionable to return with a rib injury.

The second-year signal-caller took a hard shot from Buffalo Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa while attempting to complete a pass on fourth down on Miami’s second possession.

The training staff came out to assist Tagovailoa and helped him walk to the sideline, where he was later loaded onto a cart and taken to the locker room.

He completed 1 of 4 passes for 13 yards and was sacked twice before exiting.

Jacoby Brissett replaced Tagovailoa.

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Jan 3, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins coach downplays Tua Tagovailoa’s playbook comment

Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores on Friday downplayed quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s recent comments about not fully knowing the team’s playbook during his rookie season.

“Honestly, I just think he’s comparing last year to where he is right now — and I get it. I understand that,” Flores said.

“I think he’s thinking about where he is right now versus that time a year ago, just reflecting. And that’s good because this time of year is about reflection, and where you are now versus six months ago.”

Tagovailoa, 23, raised eyebrows last month after making the following comment:

“I wasn’t as comfortable just in general. I wasn’t comfortable calling plays. … I just didn’t have the comfortability of kind of checking plays, alerting plays and doing that. I just rode with the play even if I knew in a way that it wasn’t going to work. I was going to try to make it work still.”

When asked to clarify his comment, Tagovailoa offered the following:

“Actually, what I’m saying is that I didn’t actually know the playbook necessarily really, really good, and that’s on no one else’s fault but my fault. Our play calls were simple when I was in. I didn’t have alerts and checks whereas now, feeling more comfortable, I can kind of maneuver my way through these things now.”

Tagovailoa made nine starts for the 10-6 Dolphins as a rookie last season, compiling a 6-3 record and completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,814 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 109 yards and three scores.

Tagovailoa was selected by the Dolphins with the fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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May 26, 2021; Davie, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) participates in OTA workouts at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins look for Year 2 leap from QB Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa impressed coach Brian Flores with his preparations on and off the field heading into his second NFL season.

“He’s clearly been working hard this offseason,” Flores said to reporters before Wednesday’s offseason practice in Davie, Fla.

“And not only that, he’s done a good job as far as when we weren’t here at the facility, grabbing guys. He had a group of receivers meeting on a field twice a week, throwing routes and building that timing, building that rapport and building that chemistry. I think he’s done a good job from a leadership standpoint in that respect when we were away from the facility.”

Tagovailoa, 23, is also “in a good place” physically, Flores noted. The 2020 first-round pick (No. 5 overall) is now 18 months removed from surgery on his right hip during his final season at Alabama.

Tagovailoa made nine starts for the 10-6 Dolphins as a rookie last season, compiling a 6-3 record and completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,814 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 109 yards and three scores.

“We talked to him about his fundamentals, his technique, his accuracy, his command in the huddle,” Flores said. “I’ve talked to him about a lot of things with (leadership) being a big part of what we’re talking about. I think all of that goes together.”

Flores said Tagovailoa’s comfort level with the offense is definitely greater heading into Year Two.

“We’ve seen that from him so far, and hopefully he continues to grow and improve,” Flores said. “I see him being more comfortable.”

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Jan 3, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) drops back to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa is our starting QB in 2021

Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said Tuesday that Tua Tagovailoa will be the team’s starting quarterback in 2021.

“We want to be clear that Tua is our starter and we’re very happy with his development so far,” Grier said in the Dolphins’ season-ending address alongside coach Brian Flores.

Tagovailoa went 6-3 as a starter since replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 8. However, twice Flores benched the rookie and replaced him with Fitzpatrick late in the season, and Tagovailoa threw three interceptions in the team’s must-win game last week against the Buffalo Bills. Fitzpatrick was unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19.

Miami missed the playoffs with a 10-6 record.

“Tua, we’re very happy with. He’s our starting quarterback,” Grier said. “He did a nice job this year coming in as a rookie with no offseason and the challenge in dealing with all that. Very happy with him and looking forward to watching him progress here over a [full] offseason going into next year. For us, not really talking about draft strategy, anything right now.”

The Dolphins hold the Nos. 3 and 18 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The 22-year-old Tagovailoa completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,814 yards and 11 touchdowns against five interceptions.

Fitzpatrick, 38, is an unrestricted free agent in March.

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Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raidersat Allegiant Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 26-25. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins’ Fitzpatrick tests positive for COVID-19

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has tested positive for COVID-19, the NFL Network reported on Thursday.

Fitzpatrick did not practice on Thursday for the Dolphins, who will have rookie Tua Tagovailoa under center three days later in their regular-season finale against the host Buffalo Bills.

Miami has yet to publicly comment on the reason for Fitzpatrick’s absence.

Fitzpatrick, 38, has completed 183 of 267 passes for 2,091 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games this season.

Tagovailoa, who was the fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, has thrown for 1,453 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in nine games this season.

Fitzpatrick relieved Tagovailoa in a 26-25 last-second win over the host Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 26, making a key 41-yard pass while under pressure to set up the decisive field goal.

Quarterback Jake Rudock was signed on Thursday and he participated in practice and is expected to serve as the backup to Tagovailoa against Buffalo.

The Dolphins (10-5) will clinch a playoff berth if they beat the Bills (12-3) in Buffalo. A loss by the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts or Baltimore Ravens also would send Miami to the postseason for just the third time since 2001.

–Field Level Media