Dolphins get good news on Tua Tagovailoa’s rib injury
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left Sunday’s Week 2 debacle against the Buffalo Bills with a painful rib injury. The good news is further testing suggests the young quarterback didn’t suffer a major injury, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. X-rays on the bruised ribs were negative.
This doesn’t necessarily mean Tua won’t miss time. If the injury is too painful or if he can’t function as normal, the quarterback will likely miss Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the 2-0 Las Vegas Raiders. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald echoed this outlook:
Significant bruised ribs can result in a player missing a week or two. Wearing flak jacket one option. Rib issue is on throwing side of body, making Tua's availability against Raiders very very iffy. https://t.co/FJvEfnFdsH
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 20, 2021
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Dolphins head coach Brian Flores characterized his quarterback as “day-to-day.”
Tagovailoa got hurt in the first quarter after a big hit and had to be carted off. The Dolphins quarterback completed just 1-of-4 passes for 13 yards and was sacked twice before leaving the game.
Tua was replaced by Jacoby Brissett, who failed to get anything going against a ferocious Bills defense. Brissett completed 24 passes on 40 attempts for 169 yards. He threw an interception and was sacked four times. The Dolphins also lost two fumbles as part of a truly atrocious offensive performance.
It’s good news that Tua’s injury isn’t too serious, but he should be careful about returning too soon. There would be nothing wrong with taking a week or two off to get healthy.
Miami is 1-1 on the season.