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Tua Tagovailoa had further tests on ribs; Flores says Tagovailoa day-to-day

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) is helped off the field after being injured, as Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, right, looks on, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) is helped off the field after being injured, as Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, right, looks on, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – There was good news for Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Monday.

The NFL Network’s Tom Pelisserro reports that Tagovailoa underwent further tests on his bruised ribs Monday morning and they did not reveal major issues.

Tagovailoa was given an initial X-ray on Sunday and those tests were negative.

Pelisserro reports his availability for Sunday’s game at Las Vegas is about pain tolerance and functionality.

Head Coach Brian Flores said that Tagovailoa’s status is day-to-day.

Flores said, “He’s a tough kid. I mean I’d say he’s a very tough kid. Just coming back from the hip, he had a thumb that he played through, tried to go yesterday. Toughness isn’t something we question with him.”

The quarterback took a hard hit in the first quarter of the Dolphins 35-0 loss to the Bills.

Tagovailoa tried to get up and then went down to his knee.

The quarterback was carted away from the field and did not return.

If Tagovailoa can’t go against Las Vegas, Jacoby Brissett will likely remain the Dolphins quarterback.

Flores also said that wide receiver Will Fuller returned to the Dolphins on Monday.

Fuller missed Sunday’s game for personal reasons.

Fuller is expected to make his Dolphins debut against Las Vegas.


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