Dolphins knock out Tua Tagovailoa, groom Skylar Thompson to start at QB

MIAMI — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday.

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

McDaniel said the Dolphins are preparing for rookie Skylar Thompson to make his third career start on Sunday; Veteran Teddy Bridgewater is still coming back from a dislocated little finger on his throwing hand, and his eventual availability is unclear.

The team signed nine-year veteran Mike Glennon to their practice squad last week.

There has been no set timetable for Tagovailoa’s return in the past two weeks, as McDaniel said he was informed by medical professionals that it was essential for Tagovailoa to focus “only on the day where is he”. The first-year coach declined to speculate on Tagovailoa’s playing career, saying he was focused on the quarterback “to get back to full health as a human being.”

Miami drafted Thompson in the 2022 seventh round out of Kansas State, and the 25-year-old has made six appearances this season. The Dolphins’ Week 18 victory over the New York Jets represented the first time he had played an NFL game from start to finish, and McDaniel called attention to the difficulty of what was asked of him. the recruit.

“I don’t know if anyone really understands the gravity of what he was able to accomplish,” McDaniel said. “He’s banking on the reps he does individually after training each day, a couple of scout team reps, and then everything he did in pre-season. To jump into a fully functioning machine and then to do it – I am very aware of the score, but we are talking about no turnover, a sack… It was not an easy test, those who are weak would be immediately exposed.

“The way Skylar thinks, he hopes this is the worst game he’s ever played.”

At Caesars Sportsbook, Bills’ point spread on the game went from -9 to -12.5 immediately after Tagovailoa’s exclusion and continued to climb Wednesday afternoon. The line, which opened at Buffalo -11 but fell to -9 at the start of the week, was as high as -13 on Wednesday afternoon, while the upper/lower total rose from 46.5 to 43.5 news from Tagovailoa.

Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead has missed the team’s last two games, and McDaniel said the veteran is “making progress” but it’s still too early to tell if he’ll play this Sunday.

ESPN’s David Purdum contributed to this report.

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