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Tua Tagovailoa is OUT for Week 9, Jacoby Brissett will start vs. Texans

We break down the news that Tua Tagovailoa is OUT with left finger injury.

Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins looks on before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images

Sunday update: Tagovailoa has a fracture in his middle finger and will not play this week, per Adam Schefter. Jacoby Brissett will get the start against the Texans.

Friday AM update: Tua was limited again on Thursday, but on Friday morning, head coach Brian Flores was optimistic Tua would be able to play on Sunday.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is dealing with both an injury to his ribs and a separate injury to a finger on his left hand. Tagovailoa had missed some games early in the season due to injury, but he has been able to play in three straight games.

In five total games, he has thrown for 1,040 yards with seven touchdowns to five interceptions. Tagovailoa isn’t as mobile as he wants to be, but if he can improve his passing game a little bit, that won’t matter. In his most recent game, Tua threw for 205 yards, but couldn’t build on his four-touchdown performance from a week ago and didn’t find the end zone through the air. He did have a rushing touchdown, which was his second of the season.

Fantasy football implications

Because the Houston Texans are giving up the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing defenses, this is a solid matchup for Tagovailoa. If he is active, START him. If he is inactive and the backup Jacoby Brissett is under center SIT him.