Tua Tagovailoa to throw, ruled out Sunday; Skylar Thompson to start

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals' Josh Tupou (68) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel) (Joshua A. Bickel, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins quarterback room remains the most interesting place in the NFL.

On Wednesday, Tua Tagovailoa will return to throwing, as part of the concussion protocol.

He’s been out since the Bengals game when he was thrown to the ground and sustained a concussion.

Head coach Mike McDaniel said, “It’ll be exciting for today because as really in these situations you are relying on all medical advice and what people can do. What I’ve been told is he can go out and throw and do some individual work today.”

McDaniel said the Dolphins miss his personality in addition to his play.

McDaniel ruled Tagovailoa out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

McDaniel said, “This whole process is a little tricky and today he’s just getting back to playing football for the first time in two weeks. He hasn’t been on a field playing football in two weeks.”

As for Teddy Bridgewater, who left the Jets game after a spotter noticed a wobble following the first play from scrimmage, he is not allowed to return to practice until Thursday.

Bridgewater was not diagnosed with a concussion.

However, because of a rule enacted following Tagovailoa’s injury, Bridgewater was placed into the concussion protocols.

McDaniel said, “Teddy is currently progressing through the protocol. He feels good. The soreness on his pec is getting better. In this stage of the protocol he is unable to do anything football related with his team.”

The hope is that Bridgewater might be able to clear the protocol by Sunday, so that he can be a backup quarterback option.

McDaniel said that the Dolphins plan to start rookie Skylar Thompson.

The seventh round draft pick made his NFL debut against the Jets in a relief role.

While he made some decent throws, Thompson also had two turnovers.

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