Wednesday late update: Tua Tagovailoa will play on TNF, per Armando Salguero. This was expected, but not a lock. Play Tagovailoa in fantasy where you need.
Wednesday update: Tua Tagovailoa is listed as questionable for Thursday night. So far it looks as if he will play, but there is always a chance we’re surprised.
Tuesday PM update: Tua was listed as limited on Tuesday, an upgrade from his DNP on Monday.
Tuesday AM update: Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is going to do “everything he can” to play against the Bengals on Thursday night through his back and ankle injuries.
McDaniel added that if it was a normal week of practice, Tagovailoa likely would have been limited in Tuesday practice, but that his progress has been optimistic. His status for the game has not yet been announced as the team continues to evaluate his health.
Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel on Tua Tagovailoa:— Underdog NFL (@Underdog__NFL) September 27, 2022
"It's a tricky scenario. ... If this were an actual real practice in a normal week, Tua would be limited and he would be questionable for the game."
The Miami Dolphins looked like they would surely lose their starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Week 3’s game when his head bounced off the ground and he looked woozy and stumbled after being helped back up. But, miraculously he was cleared of a concussion and returned to the game, where the Dolphins beat the Bills to go 3-0.
The official reason given for Tagovailoa stumbling after the hit is that his back seized up for a second. If his head hadn’t bounced off the ground, that explanation would seem a bit more plausible, but it is what it is at this point.
On Monday, head coach Mike McDaniel spoke about how his QB was feeling, noticeably not mentioning this mysterious back ailment:
Mike McDaniel said Tua is sore right now, which they expected. Added that he's nursing some ankle soreness as well but too early to make a statement one way or the other if Tua will play Thursday:— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) September 26, 2022
"I don't assume anything."
Fantasy football implications
Unless Tagovailoa shows noticeable concussion symptoms or his back goes all wonky again, he should be available to the Thursday night game against the Bengals. On paper this looks like an interesting matchup that could produce good fantasy points.