MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. ( Associated Press) – Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has not been cleared to return to sporting activities and was ruled out of Sunday’s playoff game against the Buffalo Bills while remaining in the NFL’s concussion protocol, coach Mike McDaniel said. said on Wednesday.
The Dolphins are gearing up for rookie Skylar Thompson when they face the Bills for the third time this season. Backup Teddy Bridgewater is working to return to his full potential after dislocating his little finger.
McDaniel said he does not know whether Tagovailoa will be available to travel with the team this weekend, and while his recovery has not caused him any setbacks, there are “compound variables” at play that could keep him out indefinitely. Will keep him out of the field. ,
“He’s learning himself that he needs to listen to the advice of doctors and medical professionals,” McDaniel said. “He understands the gravity of doing this, so there are some things he can’t control.”
Tagovailoa was diagnosed with his second concussion of the season following a loss to Green Bay and missed the Dolphins’ final two games of the regular season.
He had already missed the first two games of the season when he suffered a horrific hamstring injury in week four against Cincinnati that left him momentarily unconscious. Four days later he was allowed to return in a match in which he appeared concussed after taking a hit.
Days later, the NFL changed concussion protocols to require that if a player shows signs of a concussion, including an inability to maintain balance or stability, he must rest for the remainder of the game.
McDaniel declined to say whether there are concerns about Tagovailoa’s long-term health or if consideration has been given to how head injuries will affect the third-year quarterback’s NFL career.
Thompson, making his second start of the season, completed 20 of 31 passes for 152 yards without a turnover in an 11-6 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.