Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be relegated to the sidelines when the 1-7 Miami Dolphins kick off against the 1-7 Houston Texans.
Tagovailoa will not start for the Dolphins on Sunday, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, due to a small fracture in the middle finger of his left (throwing) hand. Tagovailoa will be active and available in an emergency situation, but Jacoby Brissett is expected to start for Miami.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Friday that Tua sustained the finger injury in Miami’s 26-11 loss to the Buffalo Bills last week and that he had “some swelling” and was “a little sore.”
“He’s limited at practice,” Flores said then, “so we’ll see how he does. We’ll just monitor it over the next couple of days.”
Tagovailoa, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has already missed three games this season due to fractured ribs he sustained early in Miami’s Week 2 game against the Indianapolis Colts. In five games this season, Tagovailoa has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,040 yards and seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
His stats in the three games since returning from the rib injury: 68.3 percent completion rate (86 for 126) for 825 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Brissett has thrown for 883 yards on a 65.4-percent completion rate with four touchdowns and two interceptions this season.
The rest of the Dolphins’ inactives: Wide receiver Preston Williams, cornerback Trill Williams, safety Sheldrik Redwine, linebacker Darius Hodge, offensive lineman Greg Little, tight end Hunter Long and defensive tackle John Jenkins.
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