McDaniel said Tua is feeling better than yesterday — and confirmed that he sustained a concussion during Sunday’s game vs the Packers https://t.co/8eQxYzbd94
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) December 28, 2022
Tagovailoa remained in the game against Green Bay, but he won’t play in Week 17 against the New England Patriots. The team will instead start veteran backup Teddy Bridgewater, who filled in for Tagovailoa earlier this season.
The Dolphins are moving forward with Teddy Bridgewater as the starter for Week 17.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) December 28, 2022
McDaniel explained that ruling out Tagovailoa is to take away any added pressure for the third-year quarterback. The team is focused on him getting better each day, especially since this is the second confirmed head injury he has dealt with this season.
McDaniel said he has been advised by medical professionals that Tua "worries only about the day he's currently in and nothing else. He is in the building." McDaniel declines to say if he has been ruled out for Sunday because "any added pressure" does not help the health process
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 28, 2022
Earlier in the 2022 campaign, Tagovailoa went down with a scary injury against the Cincinnati Bengals that caused him to miss multiple games.
The injury against Green Bay appeared to happen when Tagovailoa was taken down after a short pass. He struggled mightily after that play, throwing all three of his interceptions in the loss after taking the hit.
if this play at 2:40 was Tua's concussion, here are his stats:
pre-concussion: 9/12, 229 yds, 19.1 YPA, 1 TD, 0 INT
post-concussion: 7/13, 81 yds, 6.2 YPA, 0 TD, 3 INTspic.twitter.com/0FvirTtxnR
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 26, 2022
McDaniel revealed that the team told Tagovailoa he should see a professional after noticing inconsistencies from the game on tape on Monday. That’s when the quarterback was diagnosed with a concussion.
McDaniel said the team questioned Tua Monday after noticing inconsistencies on game tape. After that questioning they told Tua to see a professional and that's when concussion was diagnosed
— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) December 28, 2022
This is not a good sign for the Dolphins, who already took a ton of criticism earlier in the season for playing Tagovailoa in the game against Cincinnati.
The third-year quarterback had been removed from the team’s Week 3 game versus the Buffalo Bills after he was seen stumbling after taking a big hit. Despite concerns about a head injury, he was ruled eligible to return to that game.
The next week versus the Bengals, Tagovailoa went down with a scary injury and had to go to the hospital as a result.
The Dolphins are 8-7 on the season, and they’ll rely on Bridgewater for at least Week 17 to help them clinch a playoff spot.
The veteran quarterback has been a starter for multiple teams in his career, and he should be able to run the Miami offense fairly well, especially with all of the team’s weapons.
This season, Bridgewater has appeared in four games for the Dolphins, making one start. He’s completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 522 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
It’s possible that Tagovailoa will need more time to return from his head injury, especially since it’s the second he’s suffered in the 2022 campaign alone.
The Dolphins need to keep their franchise quarterback’s health as the main priority going forward, even with the playoffs within reach.