Miami Dolphins QB Tagovailoa Has Yet to Advance in Concussion Protocol

The Miami Dolphins gave fans plenty to cheer about in Week 18 when they topped the New York Jets 11-6 to snatch the AFC's final Wildcard spot, but the good vibes may soon come to an end. According to head coach Mike McDaniel, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is still suffering from his concussion symptoms and has yet to progress to on-field activities. Tagovailoa demonstrated concussion symptoms following the Dolphins' 26-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 16 and has not practiced since. The Dolphins held out hope he may be available this week, but his symptoms have lingered. It was his second concussion of the season.

The Dolphins have already declared Tagovailoa out this week and are 13.5-point underdogs against the Buffalo Bills, so it's becoming increasingly likely he'll return before the Dolphins' season comes to an end. The larger concern is now Tagovailoa's long-term health. The third-year quarterback showed enormous progress this season, leading the league in passer rating (105.5) thanks largely due to the arrival of McDaniel and wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Hopefully, he'll be well enough to build on that momentum in the 2023 regular season.
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