Report: Tua Tagovailoa offers clear sign that he’s fully healed from thumb injury

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The fact that Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is no longer wearing protective gear on his thumb appears to indicate that he’s fully healed from his recent injury.

Tagovailoa had been wearing the protective gear after injuring his thumb two weeks ago during a team practice.

He was held out of the Nov. 29 road game against the New York Jets due to the injury.

In last Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Tagovailoa returned to start the game and enjoyed the most productive outing of his young career.

Tagovailoa completed 26 of his 39 pass attempts for 296 yards and also threw for a touchdown in the Dolphins’ 19-7 victory over the Bengals.

Heading into the final four weeks of the regular season, Tagovailoa will have to navigate a tough road of opponents as the Dolphins battle to reach the postseason.

Their first contest will take place on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

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Brad is a freelance writer for and has been around long enough to remember the 1972 perfect season, and even when Don Shula was coaching the Colts. He still follows the Dolphins and other happenings in the NFL, so he can offer a little perspective when it comes to the ups and downs of each season. Some of his opinions may end up differing from the people who read them, but that's par for the course when it comes to life in South Florida.