Dec 31, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) walks down the sidelines during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.Baltimore Ravens defeated Miami Dolphins 56-19. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa injures throwing shoulder vs. Ravens

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa exited with an injury to his throwing shoulder during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 56-19 loss at the Baltimore Ravens.

Tagovailoa was injured while sliding on a fourth-down scramble that fell four yards short of a first down with 7:55 left. He collided with Baltimore linebacker Patrick Queen with other Ravens also converging and he indicated discomfort in the left shoulder as he left the field.

Tagovailoa completed 22 of 38 passes for 237 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

When Miami next had the ball, backup quarterback Mike White took the field instead of Tagovailoa with 4:11 left and the Dolphins down by 30.

Miami star linebacker Bradley Chubb was carted off with a potentially serious knee injury with 3:05 remaining.

The Dolphins were without running back Raheem Mostert (knee, ankle) and wideout Jaylen Waddle (ankle). Standout safety Kyle Hamilton (knee) sat out for the Ravens.

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

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa considered retirement

Miami Dolphins quarterback said Wednesday that he considered retirement in the offseason after the concussions he suffered during the 2022 season.

Tagovailoa, 25, made the comments at the Dolphins’ pre-draft press conference.

Tagovailoa’s 2022 season ended on Christmas after his second documented concussion of the season. He was also out Sept. 30-Oct. 22 following a head injury at Cincinnati that caused the NFL to revise the league concussion protocol.

But Tagovailoa said he wants to play long enough for his son to understand what he watches his Dad do for a living.

“I considered (retirement) for a time, having sat down with my family, having sat down with my wife and having those kinds of conversations,” Tagovailoa said. “But really it would be hard for me to walk away from this game with how old I am. …

“It’s my health, it’s my body. I feel like this is what’s best for me and my family. I love the game of football. If I didn’t, I would have quit a long time ago.”

Instead, Tagovailoa said he’s learning how to fall.

Still a white belt in jiu-jitsu, Tagovailoa said he went back with his martial arts coach and watched plays of him getting tackled to teach himself how not to land like that in the future.

“I want to get better at everything that I can do to help the team win games. And I know the biggest one is my health, staying out on the field,” he said. “So, looking at the film, I was able to watch that with my jiu-jitsu coach and we were able to kind of relive the scenario and how I got tackled, how I fell.

“Multiple ways I got taken down and how I could have prevented that.”

The Dolphins exercised quarterback Tagovailoa’s fifth-year option in March. He’s now signed through the 2024 season. The option covering next season is worth $23.2 million.

Miami used the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft to select Tagovailoa.

In 2022, his first season with new coach Mike McDaniel, Tagovailoa posted career bests in nearly every category and was 8-5 as a starter. He had 3,548 passing yards, averaged 13.7 yards per completion with 25 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a passer rating of 105.5.

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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 pick up Tua Tagovailoa’s 5th-year option

The Miami Dolphins exercised quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s fifth-year option Monday.

He’s now signed through the 2024 season. The option covering next season is worth $23.2 million.

Tagovailoa’s 2022 season ended on Christmas Eve after his second documented concussion of the season. He was also out Sept. 30-Oct. 22 following a head injury at Cincinnati that caused the NFL to revise the league concussion protocol.

Miami used the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft to select Tagovailoa.

The deadline for fifth-year team options is May 1, one week after the 2023 NFL Draft. Tagovailoa turned 25 on March 2, and he came into the 2020 NFL Draft with questions about durability because of hip and ankle surgeries during his three seasons at Alabama.

In 2022, his first season with McDaniel, Tagovailoa posted career bests in nearly every category and was 8-5 as a starter. He had 3,548 passing yards, averaged 13.7 yards per completion with 25 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a passer rating of 105.5.

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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

Report: Tua Tagovailoa clears concussion protocol

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has finally cleared concussion protocol after more than a month, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Tagovailoa entered the protocol ahead of Week 17. He also will miss this weekend’s Pro Bowl festivities.

Tagovailoa, 24, met with several medical professionals, all of whom concur that the three-year pro will be ready for offseason football activities.

The report comes the same day as a separate report that Tagovailoa has changed representation. The Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday that Tagovailoa parted ways with Leigh Steinberg and is now represented by Athletes First (Ryan Williams, Austin Lyman).

The Dolphins face a May 1 deadline to pick up the fifth-year option on Tagovailoa’s rookie contract. If they don’t, Tagovailoa would become a free agent after the 2024 season.

Tagovailoa 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.

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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Jan 16, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during a wild card game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins not expected to pursue Tom Brady

The Miami Dolphins are not expected to pursue Tom Brady should the seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback opt to return for a 24th NFL season, ESPN reported on Sunday.

Per the report, the Dolphins are committed to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and pleased with his development under head coach Mike McDaniel.

Brady, who will turn 46 in August, stands to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the league year.

On his “Let’s Go!” podcast with SiriusXM earlier this week, Brady went with blue material in response to Jim Gray’s question about his timeline for a decision about whether to play next season.

“Jim, if I knew what I was going to (expletive) do, I would’ve already (expletive) done it. I’m taking it a day at a time,” Brady said.

And when Gray asked if he was “antagonized by the question,” Brady said “You’re scratchy. You’re scratchy. I appreciate you asking. Thank you.”

Brady retired briefly last February, only to return to the team while going through a divorce from his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen.

Brady previously had been linked to the Dolphins, with the NFL punishing the club last year for tampering. The league took away Miami’s first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and its third-round selection in 2024.

Whenever he finally decides to step away, Brady will conclude one of the most decorated NFL careers of all time. Among his records: most Super Bowl championships (seven), most regular-season wins by a quarterback (251), most postseason wins by a quarterback (35), most passes completed (7,753), most pass attempts (12,050), most passing yards (89,214) and most passing touchdowns (649).

He is a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player and a 15-time Pro Bowl selection.

Brady spent his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, then joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of the 2020 season and led them to a Super Bowl championship in his first campaign.

In 2021, he led the NFL in passing yards (5,316) and passing touchdowns (43) before those numbers fell to 4,694 and 25, respectively, in 2022 as the Buccaneers went 8-9. Tampa Bay made the playoffs as the champion of the weak NFC South before getting hammered by Dallas in the wild-card round.

Tagovailoa, 24, 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 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

Report: Tua Tagovailoa expected to return to Dolphins next season

Tua Tagovailoa is expected to return as the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback for the 2023 season, ESPN reported early Sunday morning.

Per the network, the Dolphins have been pleased with Tagovailoa’s development this season under first-year coach Mike McDaniel.

Tagovailoa has been in concussion protocol since Dec. 26 and is ruled out of Sunday’s AFC wild-card game against the host Buffalo Bills. Rookie Skylar Thompson will starat for the Dolphins.

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 last Sunday.

Tagovailoa, 24, 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 sustained his second confirmed concussion of the season in the 26-20 loss.

This season, he threw for 3,548 yards and 25 touchdowns, both career highs in his third NFL season, along with eight interceptions.

This offseason, the Dolphins also will have to decide if they extend a fifth-year option to Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa has thrown for 8,015 yards with 52 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in 36 career games since being selected by the Dolphins with the fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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

Tua Tagovailoa review finds no protocol violations

An inquiry by the NFL and NFL Players Association discovered no violations of league protocol regarding Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s latest concussion.

“The joint review determined the protocol was not triggered,” read an NFL-NFLPA statement issued Saturday.

“The protocol is initiated when a player receives an impact to the head and exhibits or reports signs or symptoms suggestive of a concussion. The review established that symptoms of a concussion were neither exhibited nor reported until the following day at which time the team medical personnel appropriately evaluated and placed Mr. Tagovailoa in the concussion protocol.”

Tagovailoa was never removed from last Sunday’s 26-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He completed 16 of 25 passes for 310 yards with one touchdown, however he also threw three fourth-quarter interceptions.

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

Tagovailoa, 24, was ruled out for Sunday’s game between the Dolphins (8-7) and host New England Patriots (7-8). Teddy Bridgewater gets the start as Miami attempts to snap a four-game losing streak and remain in the hunt for an AFC wild-card spot.

Tagovailoa also sustained a concussion in a Week 4 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He sat out the next two games.

The NFL-NFLPA also investigated that incident, which prompted changes to the protocol. The term “ataxia” was added 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.

Tagovailoa has completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 3,548 yards with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 13 starts (8-5 record) this season.

–Field Level Media