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Flores says Tua Tagovailoa ‘banged up’ his thumb in practice

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) watches the final minutes from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) watches the final minutes from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

DAVIE, Fla. – Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is receiving treatment on his thumb, according to head coach Brian Flores.

Tagovailoa was listed on the Dolphins injury report on Wednesday.

Flores said Thursday, “He got banged up a bit. He’s a tough kid. He’s going to do everything he can from a treatment standpoint, so we’ll see. I don’t think this is something that we’re too, too worried about. I think we’re just going to continue to treat it. As far as how accurate the report is, yeah, he got dinged up at practice. He’s getting treatment and it’s better today, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Last week, Tagovailoa was on the injury report with an ankle injury.

The rookie was able to start against the Broncos, but was benched in the fourth quarter because of a poor performance.

As for his status Sunday against the Jets, Flores said, “I don’t think we’re at that point yet. He’s getting treatment, he’s rehabbing. We’ll see how this goes. It’s sore but he’s a tough kid. He’s played through some things before. We’re not at that point yet. We’re just going to take this thing one day at a time, which is how deal with all injuries, situations, Covid. We just take it one day at a time. It’s 2020. I think I’ve said this time and time again, I think we all have to be ready to adjust and be flexible, and have contingency plans ready if this happens, if that happens. This is just part of that. We’re not at that point. We’ll take this one day at a time, he’ll rehab and if he can go he’ll go. We’ll see how he feels today. We’ll see how he practices today. We’ll have a better feel this afternoon. You guys will be eating turkey and you’ll ask me about it tomorrow.”

The Dolphins play at the winless Jets on Sunday.


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David Lang is executive producer of the Local 10 sports department.