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Tua Tagovailoa dealing with bruised ribs

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa left Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with an injury, but the early news was fairly positive for the Miami Dolphins.

Tagovailoa was carted off the field following a hard hit in the first half. There was initially concern about his surgically repaired hip, but Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Tagovailoa suffered bruised ribs. X-rays were negative, but Tua is said to be in a significant amount of pain.

Bruised ribs are typically a pain tolerance injury, so it’s unclear if Tagovailoa will be forced to miss time beyond Sunday. Either way, it sounds like he avoided a major injury.

Jacoby Brissett took over for Tagovailoa.

Tua Tagovailoa carted off following injury against Bills

Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered an injury early in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, and it was serious enough that he was carted to the locker room.

Tagovailoa took a hard shot while delivering a pass on 4th down. He tried to make it to the sideline under his own power but was too shaken up. He was then carted off the field after being examined by medical staff. You can see the play below:

The concern with Tagovailoa has always been his hip, as he underwent hip surgery after suffering a serious injury during his senior year at Alabama in 2019. However, the Dolphins announced that Tua’s injury was to his hip.

Jacoby Brissett came on to replace Tagovailoa.

Patriots’ JC Jackson takes shot at Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa

One member of the New England Patriots did not come away particularly impressed with Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa Sunday.

Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson said the plan had been to confuse and unsettle Tagovailoa. He hinted at part of the reason with a clear shot at the Miami quarterback, essentially saying that when defenses take away Tagovailoa’s first read, the young QB throws up a prayer.

Tagovailoa’s lone interception Sunday came when he made a desperate attempt to throw the ball away while under heavy pressure. The ball didn’t make it to the sideline, and was instead intercepted by New England’s Jonathan Jones.

Tagovailoa made clear he wasn’t completely comfortable in the offense as a rookie, and perhaps that helped form the perception of his reads. Still, despite Miami’s 17-16 win, he probably didn’t win over many converts on Sunday. It’s certainly something that still appears to need some work.

Dolphin players do not elect Tua Tagovailoa as one of team’s captains

Tua Tagovailoa

The Miami Dolphins revealed their five team captains for the 2021 season on Wednesday, and there was one notable omission — their starting quarterback did not make the cut.

Linebacker Elandon Roberts, offensive tackle Jesse Davis, safety Clayton Fejedelem, wide receiver Mack Hollins and cornerback Jason McCourty were all named Miami’s team captains. Tua Tagovailoa was not given the honor by his teammates.

There are really two ways to look at that. One is that Tagovailoa has not played much in the NFL, so perhaps his teammates want him to prove himself before he is given the captain’s badge. Or, it could be that Tagovailoa did not show enough leadership this offseason to inspire Dolphins players. The latter scenario would obviously be much more of a concern.

Tagovailoa played in 10 games last season. We wouldn’t call him an experienced veteran, but he’s not a rookie, either. For what it’s worth, Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson were named captains by the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets, respectively.

Between Tagovailoa not being named a captain and all the reports that the Dolphins are looking to trade for a star quarterback, you can understand why fans might not feel that confident in Tua. The former Alabama star has a lot to prove this season.

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Report: Texans have no interest in Tua Tagovailoa

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The Houston Texans have been engaging in trade talks centered on Deshaun Watson, and it sounds like the Miami Dolphins remain interested in the star quarterback. That has naturally led to questions about Tua Tagovailoa’s future, but he may not even be part of a potential deal between the two teams.

According to Outkick’s Armando Salguero, the Texans have not shown interest in Tagovailoa. They’re more focused on acquiring several first-round draft picks if they trade Watson, which could prove to be too great of an obstacle.

Salguero also reports that Watson’s preference is to be traded to the Dolphins but he would accept a trade to the Carolina Panthers, as well. Watson has a full no-trade clause in his contract, so he has control over where he ends up.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday that Houston wants three first-round picks and two second-round picks for Watson. Interested teams have asked the Texans about pick protections due to the ongoing sexual assault lawsuits and investigations against Watson.

Watson could be suspended by the NFL at some point. However, the trade market for him may be heating up due to the fact that his legal situation could drag on for quite some time. If that happens, Watson may remain eligible to play all through 2021.

Tagovailoa is entering the season as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback after they selected him with the fifth overall pick last year. You have to wonder how much the former Alabama star has impressed the team if they’re willing to give up significant assets for Watson.

Look: Fan scolds ESPN’s Adam Schefter in harsh letter about Tua Tagovailoa pronunciation

Adam Schefter

ESPN’s Adam Schefter received some “fan mail” from a crazed former TV announcer who scolded the reporter over his pronunciation of Tua Tagovailoa’s name.

Schefter shared a photo of the letter over Twitter on Wednesday. The fan addressed the letter to both Schefter and fellow ESPN reporter Field Yates In the letter, the fan claims to be a retired radio/TV announcer and voiceover artist.

The fan scolds Schefter and Yates for “routinely f— up” (censored by LBS) the pronunciation of Tagovailoa. The crazed person calls Schefter and Yates “a–holes” and also calls Mike Greenberg an a-hole, saying Greeny is not worth a letter.

The letter is simply amazing. Just seeing the gall of someone to write such a nasty letter like that about a subject that doesn’t call for such profanity is humorous.

The most incredible part is the fan was wrong with his correction! Here is Tagovailoa himself sharing how to pronounce his last name:

So, the proper pronunciation is: tongue-oh-vai-lo-uh. What are the chances Schefter receives an apology from the fan? Probably as good of odds that he receives an apology from this man.

Hall of Famer Dan Marino helping out in Dolphins QB meetings

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa has a pretty valuable resource in the Miami Dolphins quarterback room in the form of a Hall of Famer.

Tagovailoa revealed Monday that legendary Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino is a regular presence in the team’s quarterback meetings. Tagovailoa added that Marino even gives his opinion and offers input regularly.

Marino has been a special adviser for the Dolphins since 2014, but we haven’t really heard about him taking such a hands-on role before. It makes sense, though. The Dolphins haven’t had a lot of young quarterbacks during that time, with Ryan Tannehill the starter for the biggest portion of that period. Tagovailoa, entering his second NFL season, would definitely want to use Marino as a resource as much as possible.

Tagovailoa has talked about some of the discomfort he felt as a rookie. Marino can probably help him with that, too.

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Video: Tua Tagovailoa tried to blow up returner after throwing interception

Tua Tagovailoa tackle

Tua Tagovailoa put in a solid, if unspectacular performance in the Miami Dolphins’ preseason opener. The second-year quarterback went 8-for-12 for 99 yards, with the biggest blemish coming on a bad interception in the end zone.

The interception will probably trouble the Dolphins less than what Tagovailoa did after throwing it. Tagovailoa was picked off in the end zone by Chicago’s Deandre Houston-Carson, who tried for a return. He got out just past his own ten-yard line before he was wrapped up by several Dolphins players. Tagovailoa, clearly wanting to prevent a big return, launched himself into the fray to try to lay out Houston-Carson.

As much as you admire the effort, the Dolphins are not going to love seeing their quarterback throwing his body around like that, especially in a preseason game. The last thing they’d want would be for Tagovailoa to hurt his arm or shoulder trying for a hard-hitting tackle. That’s even more true when you consider that his teammates seemed to have Houston-Carson wrapped up already.

It’s worth noting that coming out of college, Nick Saban picked out self-preservation as one of the key things Tagovailoa needed to work on. Saban was talking about knowing when to get rid of the ball and avoid a hit, but the same principle would apply to this type of play, too.

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Tua Tagovailoa reveals key issues he had as a rookie

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa had an up-and-down rookie season, but the Miami Dolphins quarterback has reason to believe year two will be much better.

Tagovailoa admitted this week that he wasn’t comfortable with the playbook as a rookie, and sometimes rode plays through that he didn’t feel would work because he lacked the confidence to do otherwise.

“Last year, for me, I wasn’t as comfortable just in general,” Tagovailoa said, via Nick Shook of “I wasn’t comfortable calling plays. I think the guys that we had last year were phenomenal. I just didn’t have the comfortability of checking plays, alerting plays. I just rode with the play even if I knew in a way that it wasn’t going to work. I was going to try to make it work.”

Tagovailoa also admitted he was still compensating for his hip coming off surgery, which he does not expect to be an issue in 2021.

“I guess you could say the focus was the glutes to help support the hip,” Tagovailoa added. “My hip feels 10 times better than it did last year. The confidence level for myself, I feel really confident coming into this second year after that injury two years ago.”

All the reports about Tagovailoa during OTAs have been positive. His personal trainer has nothing but praise for him. Coach Brian Flores added that he has taken steps forward in another key aspect. It’s hugely encouraging for the Dolphins, who will really need Tagovailoa to show progress this season before long-term doubts begin to grow.

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Tua Tagovailoa has improved relationship with teammates, coach says

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa has made significant strides toward working more closely with his teammates, according to his coach.

Brian Flores revealed that the Miami Dolphins quarterback has been organizing practices with his wide receivers during the offseason, and that Tagovailoa has also improved his own practice habits while growing closer to his teammates.

This is welcome news, especially considering there have been rumblings that Tagovailoa didn’t win over all of his teammates in 2020. It sounds like the second-year quarterback has been doing a lot of work on his own as well to take a step forward.

The 23-year-old quarterback threw for 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in his rookie year. Flores had a somewhat odd way of handling him but that may well be in the past going forward.

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