(Miami) Tua Tagovailoa is back in action for the Miami Dolphins, who haven’t won since suffering a concussion Sept. 29.
Posted yesterday at 8:48 p.m.
Tagovailoa will practice this week as a starter for the Dolphins and, if all goes well, he should be the starter Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
« He’s the captain for a reason, » Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said. I think he is a very, very good player in this position. Really good players, they definitely give their teammates a boost, not because the others aren’t good, but because he is who he is. »
Tagovailoa partially resumed training last week. His name had been listed with concussion protocols since he was injured and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4.
Tagovailoa was limited to training on Wednesday and Thursday, but did full training on Friday. He was medically cleared to return to play on Saturday, along with replacement Teddy Bridgewater, after completing all NFL-required return-to-play steps.
After watching Tagovailoa throw the ball in practice, McDaniel said he didn’t expect his starting quarterback to not be in top form.
“It’s the same guy. Luckily he didn’t start throwing from the right,” McDaniel joked about Tagovailoa, who is left-handed.
McDaniel added that he spoke to Tagovailoa about the need to concede plays to protect himself on the pitch. According to the head coach, this is not natural for the quarterback who is in his third year due to his competitive nature.
« He wants to break lines and doesn’t like when games don’t work out, » McDaniel admitted. Well, sometimes they don’t work. »
The Dolphins have lost three straight games, including Sunday 24-16 at home to the Minnesota Vikings.