With the Buffalo Bills officially set to take on the Miami Dolphins on Wildcard Weekend, one of the biggest questions of the week will be whether or not quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is going to suit up and play.
Tua enjoyed a breakout season this year, throwing for over 3,500 yards and 25 touchdowns. The addition of Tyreek Hill to a core featuring Jaylen Waddle made an instant impact, and Tua was able to experience success like he’s never had before in the NFL.
Unfortunately, Tua played in only 13 games this year due to injury. He was diagnosed with two separate concussions after some brutal hits endured this season, and at the moment, his status for Saturday’s playoff game is in question.
Tua most recently entered concussion protocol on December 26 after sustaining his second concussion of the year in a game against the Green Bay Packers.
Whether or not Tua plays on Saturday is going to severely impact the Dolphins’ chances against the Bills.
As of Tuesday, the Bills are unsure whether or not they will see Tua Tagovailoa take the field in their Wildcard matchup.
When speaking to the media on Monday, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said that Tua had not yet been cleared for any football activity to this point. That includes non-contact drills as well.
"“When he’s cleared to practice, he will practice,” McDaniel said. “Until then, I’m not doing anything.”"
The response from McDaniel seemed very matter-of-fact and it was clear he wasn’t going to beat around the bush. With the way the Dolphins have been scrutinized for the handling of Tua’s health this year, the last thing McDaniel wanted to do was give any specifics.
It makes sense, though, because he’s simply the coach. He’s not part of the medical staff. He’s not a doctor, so he cannot comment until he knows something from one of those folks first.
In the Dolphins’ first matchup with the Bills, Tua and Miami beat Buffalo 21-19. Later on though, the Bills beat Miami in another close game in December, 32-29.
Between the two matchups, Tua combined for 420 passing yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. To say he played a good game in the second contest, though, would be stretching it. He looked uncomfortable all night long in Western New York.
For now, it appears as though we won’t know anything more concrete until later in the week. But, we’ll keep fans updated as we hear more.