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Fantasy Football: Will Tua Tagovailoa feature in Week 6 after clearing concussion protocol?

Though the Dolphins will have to wait one more week for the real return of their starting quarterback, this is definitely good news for the team.

Fantasy Football: Will Tua Tagovailoa feature in Week 6 after clearing concussion protocol?
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It’s been quite an ordeal for both the Dolphins and their starting quarterback in recent weeks, but with reports indicating he’s set to return in a week, it just might be that good times are about to return to Miami

Week 6 is a miss but Tua Tagovailoa will return in Week 7

The big news out of Miami, is that the Dolphins are about to see the return of both of their quarterbacks, but most importantly - no disrespect Teddy - is that starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will soon be back in the starting lineup. As per reports, Tagovailoa has in fact cleared the concussion protocol, however, will not feature this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings but instead, will start in Week 7 when the Dolphins face the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sorry fantasy folks, you’ve got to wait just a little longer.

With regards to the aforementioned Teddy Bridgewater, it’s understood that the Dolphins backup QB has also cleared concussion protocol and will serve as the backup quarterback to No. 3 QB Skylar Thompson for Sunday’s game. Initially, Bridgewater was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game following the hit he took in the Dolphins last game. After working through the final stages of the concussion protocol, howeve, it would appear that he’s now good to go.

Tua Tagovailoa’s route to return

If you’ve been following, you will of course remember the awful scenes that we witnessed back in Week 4, when Tagovailoa took a brutal hit against the Bengals. As a result, the signal caller was forced to miss two games with a concussion. Yet, perhaps the bigger by product was that Tagovailoa’s injury forced a discussion about head injuries across the NFL and the wider public. Many questioned how it was that Tagovailoa was allowed to play in the first place, after taking a similarly heavy hit the week before when the Dolphins met the Buffalo Bills. At the time Tagovailoa was seen to stumble and was later allowed to re-enter the game on the grounds that it had been deemed a back problem and not related to his head.

In the wake of all of this, the NFLPA took the Dolphins to task, fired the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who cleared Tagovailoa and agreed on changes with the NFL itself, to the concussion protocol. It’s been an interesting few weeks to say the least. With that said, Tagovailoa is now set to return and the big question is of course, can the man in the middle improve on an already credible 69.9% pass completion rate along with his 1,055 yards and eight touchdowns. Yes, there were three interceptions, but you get the point, he’s been decent. As for Bridgewater, ‘unfortunate’ has got to be the word. The backup replaced Tagovailoa in Week 5 against the Jets, but only last one play before taking a hit that resulted in him leaving the game with a concussion. The above-mentioned Thompson, was forced to step in and managed to complete 19 of 33 for 166 yards and no touch downs during the loss. With Bridgewater only fit to be a backup this weekend, he’ll need to improve, but ultimately the Dolphins have reason to celebrate.


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