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Tua Tagovailoa is expected to play in Thursday night’s game against the cincinnati flares after the Miami Dolphins’ tough win on Sunday left the third-year quarterback with sore back and ankle before the short week, according to a report.
Sources told the NFL Network that Tagovailoa is expected to play Thursday. a decision head coach Mike McDaniel he said he hoped to announce well before the start.
The initial concern for Tagovailoa was a possible head injury after his head hit the ground in the final two minutes of the half after a hard shove from Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano.
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But McDaniel said Monday that Tagovailoa was cleared of concussion protocol and able to return, despite suffering from back pain. He also mentioned that Tagovailoa was suffering from ankle pain the next day.
“Everyone was so worried about trying to talk to him through the lens of, ‘Hey, is there something wrong with your head?’ and he was like, ‘No, I’m fine.’ And he was dealing with the back of it. He knew he was losing his balance a bit when he got up, but it was a completely different source of trouble than everyone else really looked at through that prism.”
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Tagovailoa said after the game that he felt like he “hyperextended” his back on an earlier play and then, as he hit the ground on the next play, his back “locked up”, causing him to stumble on the field.
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The NFL also announced Wednesday that the early stages of the NFLPA’s investigation suggest “all indications” that Miami followed correctly the league’s concussion protocol to deal with Tagovailoa’s injury.
Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is also reportedly expected to return for Thursday night’s game after dealing with a groin injury.