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Tua Tagovailoa back at practice, but Week 13 decision not coming until Sunday

Tua Tagovalia is dealing with a thumb injury ahead of the Dolphins’ Week 13 matchup against the Bengals.

Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins rolls out of the pocket during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on November 22, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Thursday update: Tagovailoa was limited in practice on Wednesday, but is able to get work in with his injured thumb. Head coach Brian Flores said the team will see how the week progresses and will make the QB decision on Sunday, per Adam Beasley.

Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is practicing on Wednesday, despite wearing black tape around his left wrist and thumb because of a thumb injury, per Josh Tolentino of The Athletic.

Tagovailoa initially suffered the injury in practice last week, which led to the Dolphins starting veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick back under center in Week 12. Against the Jets, Fitzpatrick completed 24-of-39 passes for 257 yards, and two touchdowns. Miami is hoping that Tagovailoa gets medically cleared this week as they prepare to play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

This season, Tagovailoa is completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 602 yards, six touchdowns, and zero interceptions. The Dolphins are 7-4 and sitting a game back of the Bills in the AFC East. Tagovailoa was benched in Week 11 but the plan is to return him to the starting lineup once he’s healthy. The Dolphins won in his first three starts but he and the team struggled in Week 11.