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Dolphins quarterback situation bleak after ‘frustrating’ loss

Dolphins quarterback situation bleak after ‘frustrating’ loss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Miami Dolphins Coach Mike McDaniel isn’t ready to blame the team’s injuries lost 23-21 to sunday New England Patriotsdespite four starters being ruled out before the game.

Terron Armstead, Xavien Howard, Bradley Chubb and Tua Tagovailoa each missed Sunday’s loss, with a backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater leaving the game in the third quarter with the finger.

It seemed like a microcosm of the Dolphins’ season, which has suffered season-ending injuries to four starters. Miami’s first-year coach refused to call his team’s deep roster a challenge, however.

“I don’t look at it that way because I trust the players we have in the locker room,” McDaniel said. “We’ve won a lot of games with guys filling in and filling in for starters who weren’t available at the moment….At this point, I feel like we have to adjust more often than I remember.

“Whether it is or not, I know one thing: there is no one in the locker room that is celebrating this loss, because they know that we were able to do the job in depth, and we didn’t.”

Bridgewater left the game late in the third quarter when he injured a finger on his right hand after throwing an interception while trying to make a tackle. He was taken to the medical shop for an extended period of time before heading to the Dolphins locker room. He returned to the sideline late in the fourth quarter, but did not return to the game, finishing his day 12-for-19 for 161 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

McDaniel said he is still unsure of the severity of Bridgewater’s injury; beginner Skylar Thompson he filled it in the fourth quarter, completing 12 of 21 passes for 104 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

It’s the second time this year that Bridgewater was forced to sit out the start, with Thompson taking over after just one game against the team. New York Jets in the 5th week

“I feel like it’s kind of deja-vu from the conversation we had at the beginning of the year. It’s never a situation where you want to go into the game,” Thompson said. “It’s hard to see Tua going down with an injury last week and Teddy going through this week because those guys mean a lot to me. But I have to be ready when my number is called. It’s disappointing because I want to win, and I think — I know that everybody in this organization and in that locker room wants to win, and it’s frustrating, whenever you don’t get over the hump in some situations it’s frustrating.

“There are plays that I’ve left out there that I wish I had, but one thing that I’ll always hang my hat on is that every time I get between the lines, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I’ll fight my ass off to win. I’ll keep grinding.”

It’s also unclear if Tagovailoa will return next week after being diagnosed with a concussion on Monday and entering the league’s protocol. McDaniel said several times during the week that the team is focused on Tagovailoa’s long-term health and taking things one day at a time.

The Dolphins have a crucial season finale against the Jets in Week 18, having officially eliminated their current five-game losing streak from the playoff picture. They can still clinch their first playoff appearance since 2016 with a win against the Jets and a loss against the Patriots. Buffalo Bills the next week.



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