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Tua Tagovailoa ruled OUT ahead of Week 17 vs. Patriots

We break down the fantasy football impact of the Dolphins QB missing Week 17.

Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins looks to pass against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images

Update: The news on Tagovailoa continues to get more worrisome, as one of the reasons the team had him checked out is because he had memory loss.

Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel told reporters on Monday that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been placed in the concussion protocol, per Travis Wingfield. Tagovailoa had an extremely poor game on Sunday, and this news does seem to explain at least some of his poor play.

Tagovailoa suffered a severe concussion in late September, but his first concussion wasn’t caught by the independent neurologist and he returned to the game, causing the NFL to stiffen their rules on when a player needs to be put into protocol. The new emphasis has seemingly pushed more players into protocol.

Tua Tagovailoa injury updates

Friday, Dec. 30 update — Tagovailoa has been ruled out, per Cameron Wolfe. This was expected. Teddy Bridgewater will get the start.

Thursday, Dec. 29 update — Tagovailoa doesn’t practice on Thursday. This isn’t a surprise but is still worth noting that he didn’t practice.

Wednesday Dec. 28 update — Tua Tagovailoa did suffer a concussion and the team will likely start Teddy Bridgewater against the Patriots, per Adam Schefter. The team will continue to be cautious with Tagovailoa, especially considering his concussion history this season. Bridgewater is a capable backup, but does limit the offense in comparison to Tagovailoa.

Monday Dec. 26 update — Tua Tagovailoa has been placed into concussion protocol.

Fantasy football advice

Teddy Bridgwater is the likely starter if Tagovailoa is out, but Skylar Thompson could also be considered. The Dolphins normal fantasy players would still be in play with whoever ends up starting this week.