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Tua Tagovailoa not cleared to practice; Raheem Mostert has broken thumb ahead of Dolphins-Bills playoff game

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Injuries pile up in the backfield of the Miami Dolphins ahead of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Head coach Mike McDaniel told reporters on Monday that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has not yet been cleared to play football and confirmed that running back Raheem Mostert has a broken thumb. This status of both players is questionable in Sunday’s game.

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On Sunday, Mostert broke his thumb against the New York Jets. Injury requires surgery scheduled for Monday. News of the injury broke Monday afternoon before McDaniel confirmed it at his press conference.

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“It’s a serious injury” McDaniel said. “It’s hard to say if he can play this week. I have never put anything above Raheem Mostert… But he has a severe broken thumb.”

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Meanwhile, Tagovailoa’s status remains unclear after he suffered a concussion on Christmas Day against the Green Bay Packers. He has missed two games in a row since suffering a head injury, his third of the season. McDaniel told reporters on Monday that the team hopes to know more about his status by Wednesday.

Mostert leads the Dolphins this season with 891 yards and three touchdowns for 4.9 yards per carry. He also totaled 31 catches for 202 yards and two more touchdowns. If he can’t go, backup Jeff Wilson will be in line for a tougher job.

September 29, 2022;  Cincinnati, Ohio, USA;  Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) passes the ball to running back Raheem Mostert (31) in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Peykor Stadium.  Compulsory Credit: Sam Green/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK
On Sunday, the Dolphins can do without Tua Tagovailo and Raheem Mostert. (Sam Green/Cincinnati Enquirer/Reuters)

Meanwhile, Tagovailoa is still on concussion protocol two weeks after the back of his head bounced off the lawn against the Packers. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Tagovailoa remained in the third stage NFL’s five-step concussion protocol on Sunday. He will not be able to play until he has passed all five stages.

Head coach Mike McDaniel said Sunday that the Dolphins continue to “get through the day” amid worries about escalating losses from Tagovailoa’s repeated head injuries.

“We will continue to take him day in and day out and I won’t even think about any game whether it’s this or next year until he’s fully ready for it.” McDaniel told reporters. “And it comes with medical clearance. That’s why the procedure is in place. I didn’t even think about it.”

The Dolphins’ victory on Sunday was their first in four games this season that Tagovailoa has been eliminated. They beat the Jets 11–6 despite not scoring a touchdown and third-team rookie Skylar Thompson playing quarterback. Reserve Teddy Bridgewater was also out of the game with a finger injury on his throwing hand.

McDaniel said Sunday that Bridgewater was close to Sunday’s game, adding to the optimism he could be available next week against the Bills.

“Teddy fought to be available” McDaniel told reporters. “And we think he was in a place where he could be in an emergency.

Thompson finished 20 of 31 on Sunday, passing 152 yards without a loss.




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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