MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Tua Tagovailoa has fractured ribs and won’t play Sunday when the Miami Dolphins visit Las Vegas, coach Brian Flores said Wednesday.
Further testing done on the quarterback revealed the fracture.
“This is a tough kid,” Flores said. “He wants to play.”
The Dolphins (1-1) will hold him out from the game against the Raiders (2-0), though, and it’s unclear how much longer beyond that.
Flo on Tua: “Hes in good spirits. He’s a tough kid.” Says he’s doing everything he can and wants to be out there for his teammates but “we gotta protect him.”— Clay Ferraro (@ClayWPLG) September 22, 2021
Tagovailoa was injured two series into Sunday’s home loss to the Buffalo Bills, where he was replaced with veteran backup Jacoby Brissett.
Flores says the game plan doesn’t completely change with Brissett now starting, but it does mean the Dolphins are going from a lefty quarterback to a right-handed passer.
Brissett, a 28-year-old Palm Beach County native, has started 32 games in his NFL career.