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The Dolphins waive Tua Tagovailoa, and draft Skylar Thompson to start at QB

The Dolphins waive Tua Tagovailoa, and draft Skylar Thompson to start at QB

MIAMI — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been ruled out for Sunday’s wild-card game Buffalo Billscoach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday.

The third-year pro has been in concussion protocol since Dec. 26, after suffering his second documented concussion of the season the day before. Green Bay Packers. McDaniel said that Tagovailoa has not given any permission to resume football activities and because of the time he has already missed, McDaniel was able to rule him out.

McDaniel said the Dolphins are preparing for the rookies Skylar Thompson his third career start on Sunday; the veteran Teddy Bridgewater His throwing hand is still working its way back from a dislocated pinkie finger, and his potential utility is unclear.

The team signed the nine-year veteran Mike Glennon to his practice squad last week.

There has been no set timeline for Tagovailoa’s return for the past two weeks, as McDaniel said medical professionals have advised him that it is imperative that Tagovailoa “just focus on the day he gets in.” The first-year coach declined to speculate on Tagovailoa’s playing career, calling the quarterback “to get to full health as a human being.”

Miami drafted Thompson in the seventh round out of Kansas State in 2022, and the 25-year-old has played in six games this season. Against the Dolphins’ Week 18 win New York Jets It represented the first time he had played an NFL game from start to finish, and McDaniel drew attention to the difficulty of what was being asked of the rookie.

“I’m not sure anyone really understands the severity of what he was able to do,” McDaniel said. “It’s based on his individual reps after practice every day, some scout team reps, and then everything he did in the preseason. To jump on a fully functioning machine and then do it — I’m very aware of the score, but no question, talking about a sack we are… It was not an easy test, those who are weak would be exposed immediately.

“The way Skylar thinks, he’s hoping it’s the worst game he’s ever played.”

At Caesars Sportsbook, the point spread for the game went from -9 Bills to -12.5 immediately after Tagovailoa was ruled out and continued to climb Wednesday afternoon. The line, which opened -11 in Buffalo but dropped to -9 earlier in the week, was -13 Wednesday afternoon, and the over/under total dropped from 46.5 to 43.5 on the Tagovailoa news.

Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead he has missed the team’s last two games, and McDaniel said the veteran is “moving forward” but it is still too early to determine if he will play this Sunday.

ESPN’s David Purdum contributed to this report.



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