Tua Doubtful for Week 12 with Injury
Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, has been listed as doubtful for the Dolphins upcoming matchup with the Jets this Sunday. ESPN's Adam Schefter shared the news on twitter, putting Ryan Fitzpatrick in line to start for the Dolphins.
Tagovailoa was listed as "questionable" all week long but was downgraded today to "doubtful".
Miami Coach Brian Flores elaborated on the situation and provided some context saying, "Anytime there's anything, you have to make a declaration," Flores said, "We have to watch the film and see what he looks like. We just figured 'questionable' was the best declaration for him." Flores also added that Tagovailoa practiced everyday this week is eager to play so long as he is cleared.
After a bad performance against Denver that saw Tua get benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the rookie signal caller is looking for an opportunity to bounce back this week against a struggling Jets team. Tagovailoa completed just 11 of his 20 passing attempts for one touchdown in the loss before being replaced in the third quarter. So far this season, Tagovailoa has completed 61.9% of his passes for 602 yards and six touchdowns with zero interceptions.
Even if Tua can go Sunday, the Dolphins will be missing some offensive weapons, most notably, running back Salvon Ahmed, who replaced the injured Myles Gaskin the last two weeks. Gaskin had initially been expected to play this week, but Flores was reluctant to make any decisions, saying he would have to review the film and see how Gaskin's knee looked. The Dolphins will also be without right guard Solomon Kindley and wide receiver Jakeem Grant this Sunday as they are both battling injuries.
With or without Tua at the helm of the offense, the Dolphins should be able to take care of business against the Jets who are currently sitting at 0-10 on the year. A win this weekend would improve Miami's record to 7-4 and put them firmly in the hunt for a playoff spot.