While Tagovailoa, who has been listed as questionable for this game due to that finger injury, will not start, he is expected to be active Sunday against Houston and serve as a replacement for veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
It will be Brissett’s fourth start this season, having already intervened when Tagovailoa missed three games with a rib injury. Miami was 0-3 on those starts under Brissett, but the 28-year-old played well, completing 66.9% of his throws and averaging 229.7 yards per game to go along with four touchdowns and one interception. . Brissett will now face a Texans defense that ranks 16th in the NFL in pass DVOA, but Miami could look to exploit a weak run defense against Houston which ranks 31st in the league.
Meanwhile, that latest injury is another chapter in Tagovailoa’s rough start with Miami. The former first-round pick struggled to stay healthy and was inconsistent when he’s under center. Tagovailoa will need as much playing time as possible the rest of the way to further convince the Dolphins, who are 1-7 this season, that he can be their franchise quarterback beyond 2021. With him backing up on Sunday, it certainly puts him behind the eight-ball in this business.