Tua Tagovailoa’s thumb injury means Ryan Fitzpatrick is starting vs. Jets
This news comes via the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo:
From @NFLGameDay: Nothing broken in Tua Tagovailoa's thumb but there is swelling and weakness, so that's why it'll be Ryan Fitzpatrick for the #Dolphins vs. the #Jets today. pic.twitter.com/3RCDOHySJM
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 29, 2020
During last week’s surprising loss to the Denver Broncos, Tagovailoa struggled for the Dolphins. The rookie No. 5 overall pick was sacked six times and threw for only 83 yards, which is the lowest in his young career in the NFL.
At the same time, Tagovailoa seemingly injured his hand in the game after taking plenty of hits. As a result, due to his thumb and his performance in the game, Brian Flores elected to bench Tagovailoa for Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter versus the Broncos.
Throughout the week, Flores reiterated that Tagovailoa would be the starter for the Dolphins if he’s healthy. However, the rookie signal-caller was unable to make enough progress to suit up for Miami on Sunday against the Jets.
Of course, Tagovailoa was named the starter over Fitzpatrick earlier this season despite the journeyman quarterback having success to begin the year. But with Tagovailoa inactive, Fitzpatrick will get an opportunity to show why he should be the starter the rest of the season.
Before being benched earlier this season, Fitzpatrick was playing some of the best football of his career, completing a career-high 70 percent of his attempts. He also had 1,535 yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions as the Dolphins went 3-3 in his six starts.
While Miami takes a cautious approach with Tagovailoa, Fitzpatrick will get a chance to throw the ball against New York on Sunday.