Tua Tagovailoa harm replace: QB will get all-clear to apply, however Dolphins managing expectations


Tua Tagovailoa might be prepared to hitch his new Miami Dolphins team-mates when apply begins in two weeks after passing his bodily.

The previous Alabama quarterback was chosen fifth general within the 2020 NFL Draft, sliding down the board considerably after dislocating his hip in opposition to Mississippi State in November.

Tagovailoa underwent profitable surgical procedure following that harm and has been constructing in the direction of a return to health forward of the brand new season.

And Dolphins coach Brian Flores confirmed on Wednesday that the 22-year-old was not on the Bodily Unable to Carry out (PUP) checklist.

“He isn’t on PUP,” Flores advised reporters. “There’s an acclimation interval right here for the subsequent two weeks. There’s power and conditioning and a few walkthroughs.

“There might be [strenuous activity] from a power and conditioning standpoint, however from a soccer, apply, drills standpoint, there will not be a lot.

“However he is via the bodily. And after we do get to apply, you will see him on the market.”

However Flores moved swiftly to calm pleasure round Tagovailoa, suggesting new measures amid the coronavirus pandemic will make this season difficult for any participant, not to mention a rookie.

“Individuals need to discuss Tua. I perceive it,” Flores mentioned. “On the similar time, he is a younger participant, that is his first NFL coaching camp.

“I feel he is obtained to take it sooner or later at a time and never take into consideration what’s reasonable for the season. I feel we simply have to take a one-day-at-a-time strategy.

“That will be my message to him – nevertheless it’s not simply him, it is actually each participant on this group. This can be a completely different 12 months, a distinct sort of coaching camp.

“No-one’s gone via a coaching camp like this, the place a variety of conferences are digital and there was no spring, there are not any preseason video games. No-one’s achieved this.

“So, as an alternative of wanting into the longer term, I might slightly simply take the one-day-at-a-time strategy. That is the message I will give to the group, as effectively.”

Tagovailoa signed a four-year contract with Miami in Could and can obtain $30.275million assured. The deal accommodates a signing bonus of almost $19.6m and accommodates a fifth-year choice for 2024.


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