When Miami plays the New York Jets on Sunday, coach Brian Flores expects Tua Tagovailoa to take the first snap for the Dolphins despite the quarterback's finger injury.
He'll have some discomfort with the finger, Flores said on Monday when he returned from the starting lineup. He has banged that the other day; we were trying to avoid it but it happened. He has some time to rest it and practice today, and that is my expectation for this weekend.
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Jacoby Brissett has broken his middle finger in two games since the previous two games. In spite of the fracture in the middle finger of the Sassovoya throwing hand, he started the quarterback at the football team.
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"I decided to put Tua in, obviously, as the second time I thought (Brissett) would have gone back in, then proceeded... He had made a couple of passes, and hit a couple of passes, and felt like he'd just let him in there.
The finger was an issue. Like we said, it was getting better. He was close. As far as it is last week, we knew that if there were an issue with Jacoby, we could play him. Thats the route we went, and put her in, and he played well.
Just the third week of practice before Thursday night game meant that Brissett got all the preparations for the Dolphins upcoming offense.
"I didn't have any reps with the first group," Tagovailoa said. "Just mental reps to watching it, so when we go inside and watch it on film, it's where I get my reps.
After the game, Tagovailoa said the finger was a hinderance.
I hope it's not fine, but I hope it's nice. You know we got about 10 days to heal up, rest up, so that it's best for us. I'll always take time and learn a lot of stuff - like food, hammam, etc....
I do not know if a fracture is the real cause of it, but it's really easy, not the best time to wrestle over it. I have to be so careful to avoid it and make it tough. I'm going to try to defend the outcome.
Tagovailoa had fractured ribs during the second game on Sept. 19 and missed three games when he returned to play two more games before his finger was too hard to pass on.
Tagovailoa said injuries don't encourage him to play.
And, just as I could say, I did love playing tagovailoa said. But Flo got involved with (head athletic trainer) Kyle (Johnson), and they discussed, approached me, and decided to try and protect me from myself, obviously. But the same thing is with my finger.
That was Flos decision, that was his call.
The Dolphins and Jets will take off Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey by noon CST.
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Mark Inabinett is an independent sports reporter at Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.