Sport Jaylen Waddle: Tua Tagovailoa’s stepped in and been himself
Tua Tagovailoa activated, will start for Dolphins in Week 6 after fracturing ribs against Bills
Fractured ribs aren't going to keep Tua Tagovailoa out of the starting lineup for long. Tagovailoa was activated by the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, and will start when the team takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Tagovailoa was able to practice throughout the week, fueling optimism he would return in Week 6. Head coach Brian Flores told reporters Friday that Tagovailoa would start as long as he didn't experience any setbacks during practice. The team activated Tagovailoa off Injured Reserve on Saturday, a sign things went well for the quarterback during Friday's practice.
Dolphins quarterbackhas returned to practice and more signs are pointing toward him being available to start against the Jaguars in London on Sunday.
While Tagovailoa has been designated to return, he hasn’t been activated to the 53-man roster yet, so he doesn’t have a practice status from Wednesday. But two of Tagovailoa’s teammates have had positive things to say about the young QB.
“Tua has stepped in,” receiver said, via Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Waddle would know, as he played with Tagovailoa in college.
NFL player prop of the day: It's too early to give up on Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa
NFL player prop of the day: It's too early to give up on Dolphins QB Tua TagovailoaLast season, the Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback had a lot working against him. He was coming off a major hip injury. Tagovailoa admitted he didn't know the playbook that well, and the offense was mostly built around Ryan Fitzpatrick's strengths anyway. Fitzpatrick was waiting in each game to take over if Tagovailoa struggled, which is not ideal for a rookie. And the Dolphins' offensive line and skill-position group were not great.
“I’ve thought,” right guard said, via Kelly. “It’s [exciting] to have him back out there. He’s a leader on our team. It’s [exciting] to see him be who he is.”
Tagovailoa was 16-of-27 passing for 202 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Week One, while also rushing for a TD in the victory over the Patriots. He was on the field for only nine snaps before fracturing multiple ribs in the Week Two loss to the Bills.
If Tagovailoa does end up starting, he could potentially give Miami’s offense a boost. The team is 31st in both total yards and points scored entering Week Six.
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