Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa exited Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills with a rib injury and will undergo an MRI on Monday, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
X-rays returned negative, Pelissero adds.
#Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa suffered bruised ribs, source said. X-rays were negative, but he's in a lot of pain. MRI tomorrow.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 19, 2021
The 23-year-old suffered the injury on Miami's second drive of Sunday's game. He attempted to convert a 4th-and-2, but was hit by A.J. Epenesa while throwing.
Tagovailoa limped off the field with assistance from Miami's training staff before being carted to the locker room.
Tua Tagovailoa was helped off of the field after the last offensive play. He is now being carted to the Dolphins locker room. pic.twitter.com/h5atY8vd89— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 19, 2021
Tagovailoa completed just 1-of-4 passes for 13 yards before exiting. Jacoby Brissett entered the game to fill in for the second-year quarterback.
Tagovailoa was hoping to follow up his strong start to the season with another impressive performance against Buffalo. He threw for 202 yards and a touchdown against an interception in a 17-16 Week 1 win over the New England Patriots. He also ran for a touchdown.
The Alabama product is in his first season as Miami's full-time starter. If he misses any time, the Dolphins will be in trouble.