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September 15, 2020 12:56 PM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: Remaining in backup role
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Tagovailoa will remain Miami's No. 2 quarterback heading into Week 2's divisional matchup against the Bills, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

The Dolphins didn't appear to consider putting Tagovailoa in the game during Sunday's season-opening loss to the Patriots, in which Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three picks and failed to move the offense, so it looks like the team is committed to allowing the rookie time to develop. However, if Fitzpatrick logs a similarly poor performance against Buffalo, Tagovailoa could begin building a case to enter the fray.

September 11, 2020 02:16 PM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: Ready for season opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tagovailoa (hip) practiced fully Friday and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game at New England, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

A full participant all week in preparation for his first NFL game, Tagovailoa has recovered from the hip injury that brought an early end to his final campaign at Alabama last November. He'll enter the season as the backup to starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, so it remains to be seen when Tagovailoa will take his first NFL snaps.

September 10, 2020 06:32 PM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: Hip issue downplayed
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Tagovailoa (hip) remains healthy despite his presence on Wednesday's injury report, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

Jackson's report notes that any player receiving any type of treatment is expected to be listed on the injury report, but still confirms that "Tua is fine." Tagovailoa still practiced in full during Wednesday's session and is fully expected to serve as the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 1's showdown at New England. This appears to be nothing out of the ordinary for a player 10 months removed from a relatively major hip injury.

September 10, 2020 09:36 AM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: Listed on injury report
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Tagovailoa (hip) is listed on Wednesday's injury report, though he was a full participant in practice, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Tagovailoa may still be working back to top form, as he's coming off serious hip injury that required surgery last November. Even so, the Dolphins' decision to begin the 2020 season with Tagovailoa and Ryan Fitzpatrick as the only quarterbacks on the active roster is an indication that the team believes the rookie is healthy enough to work as a backup in Sunday's season opener at New England. As he continues to put the hip injury further in the rear-view mirror and if the Dolphins fall out of the playoff picture, Tagovailoa could get the chance to replace Fitzpatrick under center.

September 6, 2020 01:24 AM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: Beginning career as backup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tagovailoa is set to serve as Miami's No. 2 quarterback following the decision to cut Josh Rosen, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Coach Brian Flores said earlier this week that Tagovailoa's health has been a factor in determining Miami's backup position, but he noted Saturday that "from a health standpoint" he feels good about the 22-year-old's readiness. The move to cut Rosen, who started three games for the Dolphins in 2019, reinforces that optimism, though Flores also left the door open about potentially adding another quarterback off waivers. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Sept. 13's season opener against the Patriots, but Tagovailoa is likely to see action at some point as a rookie as long as he can dissuade any worries about his recovery from November hip surgery.

September 1, 2020 04:20 PM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: Could be No. 3 QB
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Brian Flores said Tagovailoa's hip injury from last year will be a factor in the Dolphins' backup quarterback decision, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

This might be interpreted as a hint that Josh Rosen will open the season as the No. 2 quarterback, although Tagovailoa would be expected to usurp that role at some point. On the other hand, Flores did say the rookie has looked healthy throughout training camp, and it's highly likely the team will want to see him play in games at some point before the end of the season. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to start Week 1 against the Patriots.

August 17, 2020 09:24 PM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: Looking healthy in practice
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Tagovailoa looked healthy Monday during the Dolphins' first padded practice of training camp, according to Cameron Wolfe of

The report notes that Ryan Fitzpatrick remains the favorite to get the Week 1 start, but that's more about his experience and solid performance last season than anything to do with Tagovailoa's return from hip surgery. The No. 5 overall pick should see the field at some point this season, and his practice reps likely will be increased as the Dolphins progress through camp.

July 29, 2020 03:12 PM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: Cleared for practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tagovailoa (hip) passed a physical exam Wednesday and will practice without limitations once the Dolphins begin training camp, Cameron Wolfe of reports.

The No. 5 overall pick enjoyed a smooth rehab process after undergoing surgery to address the hip dislocation he suffered Nov. 16 during his junior season at Alabama. The spring rumor mill suggested Tagovailoa might essentially redshirt his rookie year with the Dolphins, but it now seems he'll see the field at some point in 2020. It's less clear exactly when that will happen, with the cancellation of offseason programs and preseason games making it difficult for the rookie to unseat Ryan Fitzpatrick before Week 1. The Dolphins likely will open the season with the 37-year-old handling snaps, but they should turn to Tagovailoa if or when Fitzpatrick struggles, or if the team falls out of playoff contention.

June 17, 2020 05:40 PM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: Working at team's facility
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Tagovailoa (hip) began working out at the Dolphins' team facility Monday, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Now that the young quarterback is able to continue his injury recovery and training at Miami's facility, team doctors and trainers will be able to more accurately assess Tagovailoa's progress. According to his physical therapist, Kevin Wilk, Tagovailoa has been "doing miraculously well" in his rehab, to the point that he sometimes needs to be encouraged to slow things down. A timeline for when Dolphins players are able to take the field together remains unknown, but when that happens, Tagovailoa should be out there in some capacity, and at that point, a better sense of how close he is to being ready for game action will become more apparent. With veteran signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick also in the mix, there's no compelling reason to rush Tagovailoa, especially considering the uniqueness of this offseason. That said, as a top-five draft pick, the Alabama product is destined to eventually become the team's starter after he's deemed healthy and demonstrates his command of the offense.

May 11, 2020 02:28 PM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: Signs rookie deal
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Tagovailoa signed his rookie contract with the Dolphins on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The No. 5 overall selection of the 2020 NFL Draft, Tagovailoa is now officially under contract in Miami for at least the next four years, with a fifth-year option built in. His deal is worth a guaranteed $30.3 million with a signing bonus of $19.6 million. The former Alabama star's outstanding accuracy and decision making, in addition to his tangible athleticism, will lend him difference-making upside under center when healthy. However, having undergone procedures on a dislocated hip and both ankles in college, it remains to be seen whether Tagovailoa will return to pre-surgery form by Week 1. In the event that any questions about the rookie's development or recovery linger into the regular season, he'll have the benefit of learning behind an experienced quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick.

April 24, 2020 06:04 AM
Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa: Heading to Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Dolphins selected Tagovailoa in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, fifth overall.

Tagovailoa was arguably the most polarizing player in this year's draft. The Alabama product might have been the first overall pick if not for his lengthy and concerning injury history that includes surgeries on both ankles as well as a serious hip injury suffered in November. Much has been made of his recovery from the hip injury, but as evidenced by the selection here, the Dolphins are confident that he will be their quarterback of the future. When healthy, Tagovailoa is a difference-maker at quarterback. He has remarkable anticipation and accuracy and has enough mobility to make plays outside the pocket. Some may question whether his gaudy production would have been the same if he didn't have an NFL-caliber receiving corps at his disposal, but the film shows that he wasn't simply propped up by the talent around him. The next question is whether Miami plans to "redshirt" him in 2020 to let him fully recover and learn behind Ryan Fitzpatrick or get him behind center right away.

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