Tua Tagovailoa has been on the heart of concussion discussions across the league in current days, and the Dolphins have made an unsurprising resolution with the quarterback. Head coach Mike McDaniel introduced on Monday that Tagovailoa is not going to play in Miami’s Week 5 recreation, which means that veteran backup Teddy Bridgewater will get the beginning.
“I can comfortably say he’ll be out for this game against the Jets, but anything beyond that, we’re just focused on making sure he’s at optimal health and then crossing that bridge,” McDaniel mentioned, by way of Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “So it’s a little early for definitive timelines.”
Tagovailoa was carted off the field throughout final Thursday’s recreation in opposition to the Bengals with a concussion. That, in flip, got here 4 days after he suffered what he and the staff termed a again damage which triggered him to notably stumble. An investigation into the staff’s dealing with of the state of affairs stays ongoing, but it surely has already had notable penalties.
The unaffiliated neurotrauma marketing consultant who was concerned within the 24-year-old’s case has been terminated by the NFLPA. In addition, changes are being finalized to the league’s concussion protocols that are geared toward avoiding a repeat of his state of affairs. In the meantime, consideration is popping to Tagovailoa’s long-term well being.
McDaniel reiterated his confidence within the staff’s medical workers, including that their resolution on Tagovailoa’s return will rely on the brand new protocols, which might take impact as early as this week (Twitter
links by way of Adam Beasley of Pro Football Network). With the timeline for his return unsure, it stays to be seen if the Alabama alum will probably be positioned on IR.
For at the very least this week, although, Bridgewater will put together for his first begin in Miami. The 29-year-old threw for 193 yards, one landing and one interception in reduction of Tagovailoa on Thursday. The recreation in opposition to the Jets will mark his first begin since his one-year stints as a stop-gap with the Panthers in 2020 and the Broncos in 2021. Known for his constant, if underwhelming, ranges of manufacturing, his potential to steer a much-improved Dolphins offense will probably be value watching.
Backing up Bridgewater will probably be seventh-round rookie Skylar Thompson, who impressed throughout coaching camp and the preseason. The Dolphins additionally added additional depth behind them, by re-signing former UDFA Reid Sinnett to the follow squad.