Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots due to his concussion, coach Mike McDaniel said Friday.
The third-year quarterback remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol and likely in some of the early stages of the five-step return-to-play process as he has not practiced all week.
McDaniel labeled Tagovailoa as “better than the day before” on Friday as the team is taking the approach of not having him worry about anything beyond the current day. Tagovailoa has been at team facilities this week, mostly with medical staff but also attending team meetings while not participating in positional meetings with the other quarterbacks.
Teddy Bridgewater is in line to start for the Dolphins in Foxborough on Sunday with rookie Skylar Thompson his backup quarterback.
McDaniel said several other Dolphins are expected to be game-time decisions ahead of the critical matchup against the Patriots with significant playoff implications for both AFC East rivals.
Cornerback Xavien Howard is expected to practice Friday, according to McDaniel, after popping up on the Thursday injury report with a knee ailment.
Miami has had left tackle Terron Armstead miss Wednesday and Thursday drills as he nurses toe, pectoral, knee and hip injuries. Outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (hand/ankle), fullback Alec Ingold (thumb), wide receiver River Cracraft and tackle Eric Fisher — both with calf injuries — also missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
Armstead is now dealing with an injury to a fourth body part, the hip, after already entering the past week with the other three ailments.
“A lot of trickle-down effect. He’s a warrior,” McDaniel said. “He’s going to push it until game time and see if he can give it a go.”
Although right tackle Brandon Shell appeared on the Thursday injury report for a shoulder ailment, McDaniel feels confident he’ll be able to play Sunday.
This story will be updated.