Stephen Ross expresses concern about Tua Tagovailoa’s health

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The Dolphins ultimately didn’t have to “Tank for Tua,” thanks to a hip injury that likely will keep him from being the No. 1 overall pick. Chances are that Miami, which holds the fifth selection in the 2020 draft, will be able to take him, if they want him.

So do they want him? Team owner Stephen Ross addressed the subject with reporters on Friday.

“I’ve been down there to see him,” Ross said regarding the former Alabama quarterback, via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com. “He’s a great player. I just worry about his health. . . . The coaches [and General Manager] make the decision on the draft choices. We’ll have to look at what his health is and everything else and see what the alternatives are.”

Ross, as PFT has reported, wants LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Whether Miami makes a play to move up for him remains to be seen.

Even if Tagovailoa’s hip injury has fully healed, questions remain regarding his history of lower-body injuries at the college level. Tua addressed that question and plenty of other topics during a Thursday visit with PFT Live.

46 responses to “Stephen Ross expresses concern about Tua Tagovailoa’s health

  1. With that injury he will be lucky to go in the top 20!

    Sucks for him – hopefully he had insurance!

  2. he’ll drop to lower than 15th. That said not going back to College was the right choice. His only chance to get paid is now. If he played in College again he’d get broken and never make the NFL.

  3. daddeeo says:
    January 31, 2020 at 8:36 pm
    he’ll drop to lower than 15th. That said not going back to College was the right choice. His only chance to get paid is now. If he played in College again he’d get broken and never make the NFL
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    That’s probably what should happen. But the moves Grier and Flores have been making they would probably trade up to get Tua. The disfunction and lack of direction will continue.

  4. Doesn’t that mean they’re gonna draft him? Otherwise he’d say that there’s no concern at all.

  5. I’m in Ortho. You never come back 100% from that injury as a top notch athlete. Never. Chances of reoccurrence or other stress related injury are greatly increased. Feel bad for the guy but that’s the truth. Buyer beware. Go get him Jerruh for the inevitable Dak holdout!

  6. Smart thing would be is not no pick a qb at all and use that arsenal of draft picks to build on what I feel is a winning culture either through the night draft or trades. Flores first year sort of mimics the Patriots the first year Bill took over

  7. That type of hip injury is serious. You can debate whether he should have stayed at Alabama or entered the draft. Truth is giving that injury more time to heal would be in his best interest. That would have been easier at Alabama. If Tua is an early first round pick, ownners and coaches might be tempted to play him before he completely heals.

  8. And the shell games begin. Ross usually talk about these things. He’s trying to get another team to make a deal for a trade up.

  9. The key is serious lower body injuries. If he had a torn or streched ligament they never ever heel 100% and are easily recuring. Ben ther done that. Toss in the hip and 330 pound lineman landing on him and who knows. Top 5 pick is very expensive move

  10. NinerOutsider says:
    January 31, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    An 80 year old critiquing a man 60 years younger for his health. Love the NFL.

    The 80 year old isn’t trying to play NFL QB. That’s like saying you’re critiquing someone with a brain when…

    oh….

  11. I don’t really understand why any team would want a guy w/ a hip injury that bad. I don’t care if he’s 20 or 40, it doesn’t heal like a knee or ankle.

  12. I don’t really understand why any team would want a guy w/ a hip injury that bad. I don’t care if he’s 20 or 40, it doesn’t heal like a knee or ankle.

  13. “He’s a great player. I just worry about his health. . . ”
    In other words
    “He’s a great player. Please dont draft him before #5. . . “

  14. Glad someone said it. Why take the chance when there will be other viable talent available?

    That injury is serious and even a full recovery doesn’t guarantee that he’ll be healthy enough to play or play at a high level.

    Tua’s agents are doing great work for him. They’re worth every penny he’s paying them or promised to them.

  15. NinerOutsider says:
    January 31, 2020 at 8:48 pm
    An 80 year old critiquing a man 60 years younger for his health. Love the NFL.

    —-

    Disrespect for elders is a problem. The guy has 80 years of experience, do you really think he didn’t figure out the patterns of 20 year old athletes during those years?

  16. “He’s a great player. I just worry about his health. . . . The coaches [and General Manager] make the decision on the draft choices. We’ll have to look at what his health is and everything else and see what the alternatives are.”

    So if the coaches & GM “make the decision on the draft choices” why has the owner been “down there to see him” and exactly why isn’t it ‘they’ rather than ‘we’ who will have to look into ‘what his health is’? That sure seems like the owner inserting himself into the decision making from most any objective standpoint. Not that he doesn’t have every right to play with his own toy, just seems like Ross is being a bit disingenuous

  17. As one player once said, “playing in the NFL is like playing in the NCAA natl Championship every game.” NFL Dlineman and linebacker speed spells doom for fragile college QB scramblers. He’ll need to learn to avoid the hits or won’t make it more than a few seasons. Mahomes is in year 3 and already had his first injury scare. Luck got beat up so much that he’s done, Griffin got injured and out, Josh Allen got a concussion running this year, Wentz got hurt a few years back running, the list goes on.

  18. NinerOutsider says:

    An 80 year old critiquing a man 60 years younger for his health. Love the NFL.

    I would hope an owner or corporate leadership would critique everything younger than him. Called experience. They know what they are looking for in their business. Not a question he understands the business but he understands what he is looking for but that is what the rest of his staff helps with. But he knows what he needs for an investment.

    By the way – do you know? You seem to be critiquing. How long did you play or coach?

  19. Wow! just reading all your comments and none come with any research or knowledge. EVERY person on earth including Tua and his Doctors “have a concern”. Any specialists on here saying you can’t fully recover is absolute BS. The best place for him would be Miami. He absolutely would not be playing next year because Fitzpatrick is signed and this week said he will return. Why he sits at Alabama when he can be getting paid is just plain dumb comments. No way he goes beyond the 5th pick. I would not be surprised if teams trade up to 2 and 3 to get him before Miami. If healthy he will be a much better QB than Joe Burrow.

  20. As a Cincinnati Bengals fan…

    I would gladly accept your offer of the #5/#18/#26 picks for Joe Burrow.

    The current team has TOO MANY holes.
    A non-existent offensive line, no tight end, no quality #2 or #3 wrs,
    an aging A.J. Green, thin linebacking, declining secondary, and aging D-Line
    (29th ranked Defense in the nfl – 32nd rank RUSH Defense).

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