Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets. Although scans on his thumb did not reveal a fracture, he has a good deal of swelling and weakness that could sideline him for multiple weeks, according to NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo.
Ryan Fitzpatrick will take over for the rookie, who saw his honeymoon end last week against the Broncos. Tagovailoa struggled mightily and, according to head coach Brian Flores, was benched for performance rather than an injury. Still, the No. 5 overall pick was set to start against the Jets, up until the injury took him out of the equation.
Tagovailoa completed 11 of his 20 passes for just 83 yards last week before FitzMagic took over. The Dolphins went on to lose, snapping their five-game winning streak. Before the rough outing against Denver, Tagovailoa had thrown for five touchdowns and no interceptions across three victorious starts.
The Dolphins are 6-4 heading into the game against the 0-10 Jets. If Tagovailoa needs extra time to heal up, FitzMagic will be slated to start against the Bengals and Chiefs as the Dolphins make their playoff push.