Tua Tagovailoa Injury Update: Dolphins Quarterback Undergoes Scans Ahead of Raiders Clash

Published 09/20/2021, 5:35 PM EDT
Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) throws a pass against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa made a name for himself in 2020. The former Alabama Crimson Tide superstar displaced veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as a first-choice starter midway through the season. Despite a couple of eye-catching displays, Tagovailoa could not manage to lead the Dolphins to the playoffs in his debut season.

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Nov 8, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) breaks the tackle of Arizona Cardinals linebacker Markus Golden (44) and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy (33) during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

But the youngster did enough to convince HC Brian Flores that he can be a future franchise quarterback in Miami. The Hawaii-born athlete was handed the full-time starter role ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

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However, as we head into Week 3, he is already dealing with a significant rib injury struggle.

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Tua Tagovailoa did enough to hand Miami Dolphins their first win of the season in the opening week. He threw for 202 yards with 1 passing touchdown against 1 interception to defeat divisional rivals, New England Patriots, by a 1-point margin.

But his second game of the season ended on a sour note. Tagovailoa was knocked out of Miami’s 35-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after taking a hit from Bills defensive end AJ Epenesa in just the 2nd drive of the game.

“Tua is very tough. It’s not a question with him. He’s a tough kid, for sure … If Tua can go, he’s gonna go. That’s just the type of kid he is,” coach Flores said after the game via ESPN sources.

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But despite initial fears, NFL insider Tom Pelissero revealed that Tua’s post-game scans revealed the damage was not significant. In fact, coach Flores even tipped the youngster to play through the pain heading into Week 3.

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The Dolphins go on the road to take on Jon Gruden’s Las Vegas Raiders. The latter are yet to taste defeat this season. So you definitely can’t afford to miss this one!

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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