It is highly unlikely that the Miami Dolphins will have starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for Sunday’s matchup vs. the Minnesota Vikings, but according to a recent report, Miami’s starting quarterback “has made great strides in his progress and is expected to return to the field later today.”
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, Tagovailoa will return to the field Wednesday and begin the next step of the concussion protocol. His status for Sunday’s game is in doubt — as one would expect, with several hurdles left to overcome.
#Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa will return to the field and throw today as part of his progression through concussion protocol, sources say. Highly unlikely to play Sunday vs. the #Vikings, but he's headed in the right direction.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 12, 2022
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Pelissero followed the initial tweet up with this:
“Tua has consulted with four independent specialists, including the top sports concussion neurologist and the top neuropsychologist. His rehab work increased over the weekend to include cardio and strength training. Today’s return to the field is the next step in protocol.”
Although no timetable has been laid out, this is excellent news for Tua’s health, and if everything goes as expected, the Dolphins should have their starting quarterback back sooner rather than later.
Before suffering a vicious hit at the hands of Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Josh Tupou, Tagovailoa was off to the hottest start of his NFL career. Through four games, Tagovailoa completed 80/115 passes for 1,035 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions.
Tagovailoa and Miami’s offense was firing on all cylinders, something they hope to continue when QB1 is back in the lineup.
What are your thoughts on the latest news surrounding Tua Tagovailoa? How awesome is it to hear that he will return to on-field activities later today? What game do you predict we may see QB1 back in the lineup? Do you think Teddy Bridgwater will start on Sunday? Let us know in the comments section below!