Tua Tagovailoa not ready to resume football activities, Bridgewater in concussion protocols

Miami Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) leaves the field after taking a hit from the New York Jets during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins have big quarterback questions heading into this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said that Tua Tagovailoa is not ready to resume football activities, as he recovers from a concussion sustained when the Dolphins lost to the Bengals.

McDaniel said the team is in “12-24 hour recurring evaluation process.”

As for Teddy Bridgewater, McDaniel said he has shown no symptoms of a concussion, but because of the rule change, he is in the protocols.

McDaniel said that he did not see Bridgewater stumble after he was thrown down on the Dolphins first offensive play from scrimmage.

An NFL spotter ruled that Bridgewater had to come out of Sunday’s game.

Bridgewater was not ruled to have a concussion.

But, by rule, he must now be in the protocol.

McDaniel said that it’s not his job to grade the spotters.

McDaniel said that in a perfect world where Bridgewater has no setbacks, the soonest Teddy could be on the field in a non-contact situation would be on Thursday.

McDaniel emphasized that he believes in the expression, “adversity is opportunity.”

The Dolphins went with rookie Skylar Thompson at quarterback in Sunday’s 40-17 loss to the Jets.

McDaniel said that Thompson would be practicing on Wednesday for the Dolphins.

As for cornerback position, McDaniel says he doesn’t expect to see Byron Jones this week.

McDaniel said it pained Xavien Howard to miss Sunday’s game and that Howard takes his captain’s role very seriously. The Dolphins head coach wasn’t sure if Howard will be able to play on Sunday.

McDaniel said, “It’s a real crapshoot when it comes to injuries... Our team is getting used to not blinking when a guy goes down.”

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