Mike McDaniel: Tua Tagovailoa is going to do everything he can to play on Thursday

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With the Dolphins traveling to Cincinnati to play the Bengals on Thursday night, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa‘s availability is in question.

Miami obviously isn’t conducting a normal practice week. But if the club was, head coach Mike McDaniel said on Tuesday that Tagovailoa would have been limited in practice and would be questionable for the game with his back and ankle injuries.

McDaniel noted he got a late-night call from Tagovailoa on Monday and could tell in his voice that the quarterback is going to do everything possible to play on Thursday.

“So I know if he doesn’t play, that it literally was not possible,” McDaniel said in his press conference. “And we’re just taking measures accordingly for Teddy beyond that. But happy with the way he’s, so far, progressed. And feel very optimistic because of how he’s going about it.”

McDaniel said Tagovailoa’s availability will come down to both pain tolerance and stability for the back and ankle issues.

“It’s the functionality of it because all of a sudden your back is overly tight or you feel that crazy pain — your body has a reaction process that you can all of a sudden lose power in your throws, you can’t redirect,” McDaniel said. “And once you can’t protect yourself on an NFL football field, we have to protect you. So it’s both. Yeah, there will be some pain regardless. It’s whether or not that pain hurts him from being able to put his production on the field and escape impending danger, which is part of the job of an NFL quarterback.”

The Dolphins will issue injury reports on Tuesday and Wednesday for the mid-week contest. McDaniel said he hopes to make a decision on Wednesday about whether or not Tagovailoa will play, but will take it up to Thursday if necessary.

On Monday’s injury report, which was an estimate, Tagovailoa was listed as a non-participant.

Tagovailoa’s game status — whether questionable, doubtful, or out — will be announced on Wednesday.

25 responses to “Mike McDaniel: Tua Tagovailoa is going to do everything he can to play on Thursday

  1. His head bounced off the turf like a golf ball off a cart path, he wobbled and fell trying to get to the huddle, but sure it’s his back that’s hurt. Fastest exit in NFL Concussion Protocol history!

  2. Chronic back pain sufferer here…no amount of pain tolerance can prepare you for the sudden jolt when the tiniest movement tweaks that back. You can know it’s coming and it can still bring you to your knees.

  3. If you want to pretend he didn’t fall down twice with concession; look at his body language when he’s being held up by the two lineman. His body is nearly limp and he’s grabbing his head.

  4. That’s not the issue. He had a head injury….

    jm91rs says:
    September 27, 2022 at 2:06 pm
    Chronic back pain sufferer here…no amount of pain tolerance can prepare you for the sudden jolt when the tiniest movement tweaks that back. You can know it’s coming and it can still bring you to your knees.

  5. Dude is out there balling and meeting/exceeding expectations at this point. Take the week off and rest your “back.”

  6. You’d think buff fans would be happy to come back into the game with his noodle arm. But a loss comes with lots of crying for bills mafia

  7. Cover yourself, Fraud Head Coach. You’ve failed your first ethics test last Sunday. Being a documented scam artist doesn’t work well. I hope Tua’s back (er, head) recovers because you just risked his long term health for saving your coaching career. Feel good?

  8. lasersepi says:
    September 27, 2022 at 3:28 pm
    Cover yourself, Fraud Head Coach. You’ve failed your first ethics test last Sunday. Being a documented scam artist doesn’t work well. I hope Tua’s back (er, head) recovers because you just risked his long term health for saving your coaching career. Feel good?

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    He’s not the independent doctor.

  9. Not a dolphins fan. Far from it actually. But I find it very funny how the same people who wanted him to start at the beginning of the year because he so called sucked, are now the same people crying that he shouldn’t be playing.

  10. There’s a ton of medical professionals on here. Imagine the skills to diagnose an injury with just seeing them on TV. That’s absolutely amazing. Next time I have an injury I’ll come here first. Actually it’s pretty funny everyone on here giving their concussion diagnosis when most of you couldn’t even balance a check book.

  11. Did ya’ll see the Josh Allen dropped INT highlight reel? Check it out but be warned It’s very long, so don’t make plans.

    Who would’ve thought Josh Allen the DE from JAX would’ve been more likely to complete the most important pass of the game for Buffalo than their own Josh Allen who skipped the ball into the end zone 10 yards in front of his target.

  12. Given the Way Cincinnati has been playing against backup quarterbacks this year the Dolphins might be better off playing Teddy

  13. You haters all must not realize that Tua coming back into the game or not is fully determined by an independent neurologist from the NFL and not from the Dolphins.
    Give it a rest. You are all the same ones that for 2 years now have said Tua is a bust and not a starting QB. Now all of the sudden you realize you were wrong and coming up with other excuses. Give it a rest man… you are sounding pathetic.

  14. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    September 27, 2022 at 5:36 pm
    Not a dolphins fan. Far from it actually. But I find it very funny how the same people who wanted him to start at the beginning of the year because he so called sucked, are now the same people crying that he shouldn’t be playing.

    203Rate This

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    Umm, we’re asking for Goodell not to cheat or protect cheaters or
    frame the Patriots.

    Is it really this tough? Your comprehension is horrendous.

    Only in your world does it make sense to support a pathological liar and cheater named Goodell.

    The guy looked like a college freshman who did 10 shots and drank a 6 pack trying to get to the sideljne and Cheater Goodell tells he needs 2 weeks to “investigate”.

    How about he pick up the phone and ask the coach, Tua and the doctors, and see if you can detect some sneaky lying?

  15. There seems to be an awful lot of medical professionals on here. I’m sure they are all correct (not). I was like everyone else and just assumed it was a concussion, because that’s what it looked like. But I had serious back issues last year and my body reacted exactly like Tua’s during rehab, which was shut down by my PT when he saw that I stumbled during my therapy. I didn’t get relief until I got nerve root injections.

  16. touchback6 says:

    How about he pick up the phone
    and ask the coach, Tua and the doctors, and see if you can detect some sneaky lying?
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    Or how about maybe they just look at the x-rays that were taken and see if they were of Tua’s back? They have a timestamp on them.

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