Dolphins dominate Tua Tagovailoa, set up Skylar Thompson to start at QB

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel announced Wednesday that he was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

The third-year pro has been on concussion protocol since December 26 after suffering his second documented concussion of the season the day before in a loss to the Green Bay Packers. McDaniel said that Tagovailoa was not allowed to resume any kind of football activities, and that because of the amount of time he had already lost, McDaniel was able to rule him out.

“I would say it’s conflicting,” McDaniel said of Tagovailoa’s reaction to his exclusion. “He, himself, is learning that he needs to listen to the advice of doctors and medical professionals. He understands how risky it is to do that, so there are very few things he can’t control. He’s been an incredible part of me all season. I think eight of our wins have been As a result of him playing midfield, between the team, and that didn’t come out because he was just talented.It was a lot of work and preparation, so it was very frustrating, a lot of things in life and football.

“But it’s very frustrating for him not to be able to go through everything with his teammates, his really big goal was to help get this team into the playoffs and he wants to play in the playoffs. There’s nothing more fun than playing football and he finds football fun.” Really normal [Tua] He realizes that it is his best interest that doctors and medical professionals seek out, honor and respect.”

McDaniel said the Dolphins are preparing rookie Skylar Thompson to make his third career home run on Sunday. Veteran Teddy Bridgewater is still working his way back from a dislocated pinky on his hand, and his availability is unclear.

Per Caesars Sportsbook, the Bills’ point difference in the game went from -9 to -12.5 right after Tagovailoa was eliminated and continued to climb Wednesday afternoon. The streak, which opened in Buffalo at -11 but fell to -9 early in the week, was as high as -13 Wednesday afternoon, while the Over/Under total fell from 46.5 to 43.5 in Tagovailoa News.

Thompson started in Kansas State’s seventh round, the Dolphins’ regular season finale against the New York Jets, completing 20 of 31 passes for 156 yards. He credited the experience with preparing him for the playoff environment.

“The good thing for me is, I feel like I got a good sense of what a playoff game was going to look like just last week,” he said. “It was a win-or-go-home kind of situation for us so I think to kind of experience what I felt last week was helpful. This week is going to be like any other for me all this week for the season. He’s getting ready like I’m going to be starting and getting reps where I can build some confidence throughout the week and build continuity with that offense where when we go in there we can play fast and play with confidence on Sunday.”

If he starts on Sunday, it will mark Thompson’s seventh appearance of the season, four of which came in mid-game.

McDaniel praised the rookie for being able to keep the Dolphins afloat despite his limited first-team reps and experience, and Thompson said his confidence has gradually increased with each rep picked.

“Honestly, every moment, I feel more confident,” he said. “It’s not always going to be perfect. We strive for perfection in that position, and that’s what you want, but really, name a quarterback who has played a perfect game. For me, it’s just about playing one play at a time and taking the game as it is, controlling the What I can control, and in the end just give my best, because my best is always enough.

“That’s something former K-State quarterbacks coach Colin Klein always used to tell me, and that’s something I remind myself all the time is always my best. I think just going forward, it’s going to be the same mindset and just enjoy it.”

McDaniel has not set a timeline for Tagovailoa’s return since the quarterback entered concussion protocol on Dec. 26. Medical experts have advised him that it’s “important” for Justa to just focus on the day he’s in, and McDaniel said he’s been sticking to that for the past two weeks.

He declined to answer whether any concern had been raised about Tagovailoa eventually resuming his NFL career, but said that was not his primary focus at the moment.

He said, “I’m just thinking about his day and getting to his full health as a human being.” “And then when it’s time to turn the page, I’ll turn the page, but I’m pretty… integrity in principle to fault and obstinacy where everyone gets out. If I hear that’s the way I have to go about it, I’ll take it that way and not sideline it. Really, the The next step is for him to be fully through this protocol and then we can see where the ground lies, so to speak. But beyond that, I’m just worried about him.”

In other injury news, Pro Bowl left tackle Tyrone Armstead made it to the Pro Bowl after missing the team’s previous two games with various injuries, though his status in Sunday’s game remains undetermined. Raheem Mostert suffered a broken thumb in Sunday’s win over the Jets and had surgery for the injury on Monday. McDaniel did not provide an update on his availability but said he “would be a fool if I were the 1,500th guy who tried to tell Raheem Mostert he couldn’t do anything”.

ESPN’s David Purdum contributed to this report.

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