Things have been going badly, to put it mildly, for the Dolphins during their December dive. First, a 4 game losing streak that has threatened their once thought to be all but certain playoff appearance, and now their star quarterback is out with his second concussion of the season.
Tua Tagovailoa was officially diagnosed with a concussion earlier today after self reporting symptoms on Monday, the day after the Dolphins loss to the Packers. When the news broke on Monday that Tua had entered the concussion protocol once again, the speculation began to run rampant on what the future would hold once an official diagnosis was given.
Well, now we know. Tua will be out this Sunday in a huge game vs the Patriots in New England and quite frankly, his future remains uncertain after that. For now, Teddy Bridgewater will get the start in a week where the Dolphins can clinch a playoff birth with a win and a Jets loss in Seattle.
Dolphins’ HC Mike McDaniel told reporters that QB Tua Tagovailoa did, in fact, suffer a concussion Sunday. Teddy Bridgewater is in line to start Sunday at New England.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 28, 2022
When asked, head coach Mike McDaniel said that Tua was feeling good today and “better than yesterday” with all things considered. But now, many other questions will start to arise from critics and pundits alike, such as, not when, but if Tua should play again at all this season moving forward.
Many will have an opinion on that question over the next couple of weeks, but in the end, that is something that only Tua and his doctors will be able to answer. His timetable to return is officially listed as “uncertain,” so we will have to wait and see what new twists and turns lie ahead in the Tua saga.
Mike McDaniel being very careful in not going into any detail on Tua timeline, what treatment or tests he’s undergoing or what’s next in his recovery.
“This is a private time for him to focus on his health.”
— Will Manso (@WillManso) December 28, 2022