Tua Tagovailoa is set to play despite concerns over back and ankle injuries sustained in Sunday’s win over the Buffalo Bills; watch Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals, live on Sky Sports NFL, 1:15 a.m., Friday morning
Last update: 29/09/22 23:45
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is set to play in their Thursday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, despite struggling with a back and ankle injury ahead of the team’s road trip.
Tagovailoa suffered the injuries in Miami’s thrilling victory over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, while he also briefly left the field after a hit by Bills linebacker Matt Milano in the first quarter with what was originally described by the Dolphins as a head injury.
Head coach Mike McDaniel told reporters after the game that Tagovailoa suffered a lower back injury in the first half, which was exacerbated by Milan’s hit. The NFL confirmed Wednesday that it is conducting a review to find out if the Dolphins followed league concussion protocol when reviewing a possible head injury in Tagovailoa, but added that all indications are. protocol was followed.
Highlights of the Buffalo Bills against the Miami Dolphins in week three of the NFL season.
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Going into a short week for their game against the Bengals, Tagovailoa was initially listed as “doubtful” to play, but NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reported Thursday that the quarterback will take to the field in Cincinnati unless he’s ready. a setback.
Sophomore star receiver Jaylen Waddle (groin) and New Orleans Saints offseason acquisition offensive tackle Terron Armstead (toe) are also expected to play.
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It’s good news for the Dolphins, who have had a brilliant start to the 2022 season, winning their first three games against the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and Bills to sit as one of only two undefeated teams – with the Philadelphia. Eagles – during the first three weeks.
A big part of that has been success on offense, with Tagovailoa currently ranking first in the league in completion percentage and yards per attempt on passing passes.
Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa had a career-best six touchdowns as he led his team to a sensational win over the Baltimore Ravens.
He has 925 yards passed so far this year, to go with eight touchdowns and just two interceptions – 469 of those yards and six of his touchdowns came in a stunning Week Two turnaround victory over the Ravens after the team trailed by 21 points while late in the fourth quarter.
Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms said of Tagovailoa’s start to the season on Professional Football Discussion“He has a lot of momentum.
“He is playing football as well as he has ever played. In key moments and on key games he was special.”
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Former Kansas City Chiefs receiver and return specialist Dante Hall has also been impressed with what he’s seen from Miami so far this season.
Hall said sky sports“Their mentality is, obviously, ‘we can win no matter what’ – from behind, in tough playing conditions, against the best and most elite quarterbacks.
“Their confidence skyrockets. They find a way to win – and that’s what you have to do in the NFL.”
The trip from Miami to Cincinnati, a great game “in your face”
The latest elite quarterback to face the Dolphins is Bengals signalman Joe Burrow, fresh off of taking the team to the Super Bowl last season.
But Burrow, who was chosen with the first overall pick in the same 2020 draft in which Tagovailoa was seeded fifth, has endured a rocky start to the season, being sacked 15 times in the first three weeks – the most common in the NFL with Washington commanders – as the Bengals stuttered out of doors.
Cincinnati finally got its first win of the season on the board on Sunday, a 27-12 road win over the New York Jets, and thus represents a stern test of Miami’s still-unblemished record.
Highlights of the Cincinnati Bengals against the New York Jets in week three of the NFL season.
“It’s not going to be an easy night [for the Dolphins]“, said Simms.
“The one thing that was lost in the shuffle with Cincinnati, when the offense struggled and couldn’t protect Burrow, their defense was damn good. They can rush the passer, cover the guys and they have speed in the secondary.
“It’s a big ‘in your face’ game. I’m excited for it.
“We know the Dolphins are hot, and the Bengals are fighting to get back to .500 and show they’re Super Bowl caliber again.”
Sky Sports NFL Anchorman Neil Reynolds can also predict trouble for a smashed Dolphins team on Thursday night in Cincinnati.
“The last thing the Dolphins needed after their epic run against Buffalo on Sunday, playing in such scorching conditions, was to travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals in a short week,” Reynolds wrote in his weekly column.
“I think it will be very difficult for Miami to win this game and I don’t expect them to because of what they went through on Sunday.
“But, if they do, you can certainly call me a believer.”
Watch the Miami Dolphins at the Cincinnati Bengals, live on Sky Sports NFL from 1:15 a.m. in the early hours of Friday morning.