Dolphins Confirm Tua Tagovailoa’s Status Ahead of Bengals’ Matchup

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Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa officially will start in this week’s Thursday Night Football game vs. the Bengals, per ESPN’s Field Yates.

Tagovailoa will face his fellow 2020 NFL draft class member Joe Burrow in Cincinnati. The Dolphins have a plan for if Tagovailoa is unable to finish the game on Thursday. Skylar Thompson was activated as the rookie quarterback and will be playing third behind Teddy Bridgewater pro s Ari Meirov ..

7th round rookie QB Skylar Thomson is active for tonight’s match, so there’s some insurance behind Teddy Bridgewater in the event of something with Tua.

The Miami star was questionable on Wednesday as he continued to recover from a back injury he suffered on Sunday vs. the Bills.

Tagovailoa was hit by Bills linebacker Matt Milano late in the second quarter and was seen stumbling after the play. He left the game and cleared concussion protocol, eventually returning to lead Miami to a 21-19 win over Buffalo. After the game, the quarterback addressed concussion protocol, telling reporters that his back was “locked up” from the hit. This caused him to stumble.

The NFLPA reportedly is investigating the Dolphins’ handling of Tagovailoa’s concussion protocol, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

With just four days of rest this week, Tagovailoa did “everything he could” to play in the primetime game against Cincinnati. The Dolphins enter the matchup on Thursday as the only undefeated team in the league. The Bengals are coming off their first win of the season, a 27-12 victory over the Jets.

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