MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Tua Tagovailoa has fractured ribs and will miss Sunday’s game in Las Vegas against the Raiders, Dolphins coach Brian Flores announced Wednesday.
Flores said Tagovailoa is week to week. Backup Jacoby Brissett, who played most of last Sunday’s 35-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills, will start against the Raiders and be backed up by Reid Sinnett.
Original reports indicated Tagovailoa’s injury wasn’t serious and it would be a case of pain tolerance, but Flores said the team conducted additional tests later Monday that detected the extent of the damage suffered when hit by Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa on Miami’s second series.
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Flores said Tagovailoa is “in a lot of pain” and added, “Look, this is a tough kid. He wants to play. He’s actually trying to play and we’re just going to save him from himself a little bit on this and hold him out this week and then take it week-to-week from there.”
Flores declined to say whether Tagovailoa might land on injured reserve, which would force him to miss at least three games.
“We’ve just got to see how he responds over the next days,” Flores said. “That’s not something that we’re really thinking about right now.”
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