Brian Flores: Tua Tagovailoa is day-to-day with injured ribs

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Though Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had to exit Sunday’s loss to Buffalo with injured ribs, it appears there’s a chance he could play in Week Three against the Raiders.

In his Monday press conference, Miami head coach Brian Flores called Tagovailoa “day-to-day.”

“We’re still running some tests,” Flores said, via Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “He was in a lot of pain yesterday. He’s still in some pain today. We’ll call him day-to-day.”

Tagovailoa was hit hard during the Dolphins’ second offensive series by Bills edge rusher A.J. Epenesa. Though Tagovailoa was in for only nine plays, he was sacked twice and completed 1-of-4 passes for 13 yards.

Tagovailoa was 16-of-27 in Week One for 202 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Miami’s victory over New England.

Jacoby Brissett replaced Tagovailoa on Sunday, completing 24-of-40 passes for 169 yards with an interception. He was also sacked four times.

The Dolphins play the Raiders in Las Vegas in Week Three. Last season, Flores benched Tagovailoa in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick when the then-rookie quarterback struggled to move the ball against Las Vegas’ defense.

Flores also told reporters on Monday that receiver Will Fuller has returned to the team and is expected to play against the Raiders. Fuller left the club for personal reasons last week. He was slated to return from the last game of his six-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

24 responses to “Brian Flores: Tua Tagovailoa is day-to-day with injured ribs

  1. Tony Romo suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in a game, and stayed in the game and won it.

    Tagovailoa may be one free-agent signing away from never starting in the NFL again, before his career ever gets going.

    Time to ignore those bruises, I think.

  2. I’m sorry, but you can’t be a pro quarterback and leave a divisional game with bruised ribs.

  3. As a Dolphins fan, I’m starting to wonder if the team (players) view Tua as their guy. When he was injured the only who genuinely cared was Jaylen Waddle, his former College teammate. I feel like the team (players) know they can take the next step with Watson as QB.

  4. This Raiders pass rush isn’t the 2020 pass rush. They had Big Ben rethinking coming back for 2021 by the end of the first quarter.

    Good luck to McRib jr…..

  5. That Dolphins O Line is sad. Flo needs to get a new coach, because those O guys are huge and were decent in college but the coaching stinks.

  6. Raiders led the NFL in QB pressure in week 1. They hit Roethlisbooger 10 times with a couple of crushing blows week 2. Tua is a good kid, but if the Raiders pressure is legit then it could be a long day for the young cat. I haven’t seen edge pressure from the Raiders like that in a looong time. It’s cool see Ngakoue and Crosby bring heat like they are. Stay healthy, boys.

  7. The Dolphins offensive line play is pathetic. Forget about trying to evaluate Tua. Tom Brady or any top level quarterback isn’t going to win many games playing behind that inept group of hot garbage. They better get it together quickly or Chris Grier will be fired after the season. He’s drafted five lineman in the first four rounds (three in the first and second) the last three years and signed Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras and Matt Skura, who never played more than a season with the club. You can’t win games if you can’t block!

  8. Tua has all the potential in the world but he has shown he just can’t avoid all the injuries slowing him down. It seems like he will play out the big money rookie contract & then probably be a backup because teams can’t believe in his long term health when trusted as the starter…

  9. The Dolphins will be faced with the possibility that Tua is not going to pan out if his play and durability continue to underwhelm; you cannot hide the QB position. I’d prefer to face Tua versus Brissett as a Dolphins opponent, Brissett has had at least a modicum of success as a starter as a professional. Tua’s play, command and toughness have been alarming to say the least.

  10. I would say we should give Tua at least a 16 game sample size before he gets the hook. Herbert just went out there against the banged up Dallas defense and tossed 2 picks. Bad games are gonna happen. Now if Tua can’t bounce back from this injury and lead Miami to a victory there are going to be a lot of questions. Brisett has the bigger arm, body, and more experience and he spent most of his time on his back. If the line can’t sustain a 2 second block then how can you make a read as a QB? Doesn’t matter how many weapons you have of you’re constantly on your back.

  11. Tua… Not the answer…Said it when they reached for him… Say it now. Also think Flores has done a very mediocre job turning their wealth of draft picks into talent.

  12. Agree with lowlyfinfan88,
    Give Tua at least a full year to see what he can do.
    More importantly, look at who drafted the o-linemen that are on the roster. Most of them picked in the first 3 rounds. They were all “good” collage players and showed promise.
    Why is it they now look like hot garbage? Were they poorly evaluated, were they simply better suited for the collage game? Or is this a situation where the coaches are playing them out of position, putting in blocking schemes they aren’t good at or just not teaching them proper techniques? Probably a combination of everything.
    if Grier is buying lesser quality groceries and coach Flo can’t make a decent meal, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

  13. Agreed as well ncphiner. Are these lineman out of position? Wrong scheme for their skillset? Lots of dancing along the line. We have big, strong players up front with a decent RB. Why not go downhill? Why not let Malcolm Brown beat up the defenses a bit in the 1st half and then let Gaskin and Ahmed feast in the second? If we are going to keep in the same direction on offense why not more motion? Screens and slants? They want Tua to be this big thrower and hit the long ball but they haven’t built the line for it. We have zero identity through 3 weeks. Luckily we stole one in NE or this could get bad. Gotta bounce back against the Raiders and establish at least SOMETHING.

    Phins up!

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