ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Tagovailoa has a small fracture in the middle finger of his throwing hand that has not recovered enough to allow him to start. He went on to say that Brissett will start for the team.
Dolphins’ QB Tua Tagovailoa has a small fracture in the middle finger of his throwing hand that has not recovered enough to allow him to start today’s game against the Texans, per league sources. Jacoby Brissett now is expected to be the Dolphins’ starting QB today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 7, 2021
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport added that while Brissett will start, Tua will be the backup on Sunday.
Source: #Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa, limited this week with rib and finger injuries, is out today vs. the #Texans. He went through his pregame routine and couldn’t go. Jacoby Brissett will start. Tua is the backup.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 7, 2021
Tagovailoa is 1-4 as the team’s starter this season and completed 21 of 39 passes for 205 yards in last week’s 26-11 loss in Buffalo. Tagovailoa has six passing touchdowns and four interceptions since returning to the starting lineup on Oct. 17.
Brissett started three games for the Miami Dolphins and has thrown four touchdowns compared to just one interception in those games. The team is 0-3 with Brissett under center and he has been sacked 12 times in four appearances this season.
The kickoff between Miami and Houston is slated for 1 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium. Both teams are 1-7 and have lost seven-straight games.