Tagovailoa was placed on the injured list after sustaining the injury in the Dolphins’ loss to the Bison Tickets on September 19 and missed the last three games. Miami nominated him to return on Tuesday, and coach Brian Flores said the plan was for Tagovailoa to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“We are delighted to have him back. I know he is delighted to be there,” said Flores. “We’re going to take him one day at a time, always. We’re moving enough in the right direction for him to be there. He will have the opportunity to practice and hopefully play in the game. “
QB Tua Tagovailoa dolphins return to training today, as does Jacoby Brissett (hamstring) pic.twitter.com/JkgHNVBIhM
– Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) October 13, 2021
Miami lost all three games without Tagovailoa as he was replaced by the backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who injured his hamstrings in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Flores has previously said Tagovailoa is still in pain, but the second-year pro won’t let him off the pitch any longer.
“If you ask him he’s 100%, he’s fine,” Flores said. “He won’t say anything different to anyone. He’s made a lot of progress there. He’s facing something, he’s going to endure. He’s just the kind of kid he is. But we hope that he is. he’ll do well train today and be available this weekend. … I expect both guys to be available. “
Tagovailoa threw for 202 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his only complete game this season, a 17-16 win over the New England Patriots in week 1.
He entered the 2020 NFL Draft with a few questions about his longevity in football after sustaining a broken hip during his final season at Alabama, but was selected fifth overall by the Dolphins. Tagovailoa recovered from that injury and made nine starts for the Dolphins as a rookie, completing 186 of 290 passes for 1,814 yards, with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.