Fins prep for Skylar Thompson or Teddy Bridgewater in finale

Miami-Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel reiterated Monday that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has no plans to return from concussion protocol.

Tagovailoa was placed in the protocol last week after suffering his second concussion of the season against the Green Bay Packers on December 25. Teddy Bridgewater started his 23-21 New England game on Sunday, where he started as a substitute in a loss to the Patriots, but was forced to leave the game early after injuring the little finger on his right hand. rice field.

Rookie 7th-round pick Skylar Thompson finishes at quarterback, and McDaniel prepares for either Thompson or Bridgewater to start Sunday’s pivotal game against the New York Jets. said.

“I never thought [Tagovailoa’s] play situation. It’s about him getting healthier every day,” McDaniel said. At this point in the week, the situation is that we have both Skyler and Teddy ready for the game on Monday and Tuesday, and as the week progresses. “

McDaniel said last week that a medical professional advised him, “It’s important that Tua only worry about the day he’s on and nothing else,” and he’s following that advice.

He told reporters Monday that not only is there no established timeline for Tagovailoa’s return, but he hasn’t even started talking about it with a third-year quarterback.

“Strictly speaking, I haven’t discussed with Tua about when he will play. “Again, the picture was very well drawn…from his head coach to his players, the timeline was intentional.” has not been discussed.

“It’s really a daily process and it’s most important that we adhere to it. And it’s about making him better and healthier as a person every day… unfortunately.”

McDaniel said Tagovailoa felt “feel good” when they were talking and was “forced” to remind Tagovailoa that football was not the most common concern at hand when speaking to Tagovailoa. He added that he felt

McDaniel said he injured his little finger on his right hand while trying to make a tackle after Bridgewater threw an interception against the Patriots. I don’t believe As the swelling subsides, the dolphins will learn more. In a perfect world, we’ll know by Wednesday who the team’s starter will be in the game the Dolphins must win to make the playoffs.

Miami is also discussing adding short-term depth to the quarterback position.

The Dolphins entered December with an 8-3 record, but have since lost five straight. A loss to New England on Sunday knocked them off the playoff field, and they need to beat the Jets and the Patriots lose to the Buffalo Bills this week to end their five-year playoff drought.

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