Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained an injury to his left hand during practice this week, but coach Brian Flores does not expect the injury will cause his top rookie draft pick from playing in Sunday’s road game against the New York Jets.
“He got banged up a little bit. He’s a tough kid. He’s going to do everything he can from a treatment standpoint. We’ll see. I don’t think this is something we’re too worried about,” Flores said on Thursday before the Dolphins practiced on Thanksgiving Day.
“He’s better. We’ll see how it goes.”
Tagovailoa, who throws with his left hand, popped up on the injury report with the injury, which limited him in practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
NFL Network reported Tagovailoa jammed his left thumb on a teammate’s helmet, and the injury was “nothing serious.”
Flores expressed some of the same sentiment when asked if the injury could keep Tagovailoa out of Sunday’s game, as Miami hopes to regain its winning ways after its five-game win streak ended against the Denver Broncos last week.
“I don’t think we’re at that point yet. He’s getting treatment and rehab. We’ll see how this goes. It’s sore. He’s a tough kid. He’s played through some things before. But we’ll take it one day at a time,” Flores said.
“If he can go, he’ll go. We’ll see how he feels, see how he practices. And then we’ll have a better feel. You guys will be eating turkey and asking me about it [Friday].”
Flores said that Tagovailoa would continue being the starter after he benched the former Alabama standout in the fourth quarter against the Broncos and turned to 16-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
With the Dolphins down 10, Fitzpatrick was able to orchestrate a field-goal drive, and a late-game drive that would have tied the game had it not end with an interception in the end zone.
The Dolphins beat the Jets earlier this season, 24-0, in a game which Fitzpatrick started and saw Tagovailoa make his NFL debut late in the fourth quarter.
Dolphins injury report
The Dolphins may have to be concerned with another injury that could affect them in two phases against the Jets.
Jakeem Grant, the Dolphins’ No. 2 receiver and return specialist, has a hamstring injury that limited him in Thursday’s practice after being a full participant a day earlier.
Depending on the severity of Grant’s injury, the Dolphins may need other players to step up in the passing game for Tagovailoa and on special teams.
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Behind leading receiver DeVante Parker, Tagovailoa and the Dolphins will need contributions from rookies Malcolm Perry and Lynn Bowden Jr., third-year newcomer Antonio Callaway and sixth-year special teams ace Mack Hollins.
Perry and rookie cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, the last of three Dolphins first-round picks in April’s draft, are listed as Miami’s backup punt and kickoff return specialists, respectively, on the depth chart.
Rookie defensive tackle Raekwon Davis, limited Wednesday with a thumb injury, was a full participant Thursday.
Dolphins rookie offensive lineman Soloman Kindley (foot) and rookie running back Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) missed their second straight practice.
The Dolphins also activated offensive lineman Jesse Davis after a short, three-day stint off the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list. The team also activated practice squad receiver Matt Cole, who was on the list since Nov. 12.