Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa questionable with thumb injury

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DAVIE, Fla – Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be considered questionable for Sunday’s New York Jets game due to a left thumb injury sustained in Wednesday practice.Coach Brian Flores has said he will have to watch Tagovailoa’s training film to judge his effectiveness with that thumb before deciding whether he will play on Sunday. Tagovailoa has trained every day this week in limited capacity and wants to play on Sunday.

“Whenever there is something you have to make a statement,” said Flores. “We have to watch the movie and see what it looks like. We just thought “dubious” was the best statement for him. ”

It should be noted that there is no longer a “probable” injury designation, so as Flores alluded to, if there is a chance that Tagovailoa could miss Sunday’s game due to the injury to the inch, the Dolphins would need to list him with an injury designation, with “questionable” being the lightest.

Flores said on Thursday in reference to the thumb injury that Tagovailoa had been “injured a bit”, but “I don’t think that’s something that worries us too much. ”

Since Tagovailoa is a left-handed passer, any injury to his left thumb – even a minor one – is worth watching out for. After being benched for the fourth quarter in the Dolphins’ 20-13 loss to the Denver Broncos last week, Tagovailoa is eager to bounce back from that performance, and is expected to start as long as ‘he is considered healthy enough to play. .

“I can’t say specifically for Tua or for any player on what they can or cannot play,” said Flores. “I know he’s a tough kid. He wants to play, and we’ll see how it goes. ”

The Dolphins will certainly be without a few offensive starters, with running back Salvon Ahmed, who started the last two games ruled out with a shoulder injury, and right guard Solomon Kindley unable to play with a foot injury. Receiver Jakeem Grant is questionable with a hamstring injury.

The Miami full-back room continues to be a revolving door due to injury and inefficiency. Myles Gaskin, the Dolphins’ starting running back for much of the season, has been designated to return out of the injured reserve and has returned to training with limited ability this week. But Flores has not made a commitment that he will play against the Jets on Sunday, noting that they would have to watch the practice film to see how effectively he moved on his knee.

Gaskin is expected to return to action this week or next. The final word on whether he will be activated on the 53-player roster will have to come on Saturday afternoon, and if he can play, he would appear to be the point guard for the Dolphins. But with Ahmed out and Gaskin uncertain, veteran Matt Breida and second-year fullback Patrick Laird could be counted to lead the Dolphins backfield against the Jets.

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