Tua Tagovailoa Injury Update: QB becomes completely clear for practice, but dolphins manage expectations
Tua Tagovailoa will be ready to join his new Miami Dolphins teammates when training begins within two weeks of completing his physical.
The former Alabama quarterback was chosen fifth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, slipping slightly off the board after dislocating his hip against the state of Mississippi in November.
Tagovailoa underwent successful surgery after that injury and has developed into a return to fitness for the new season.
And Dolphins coach Brian Flores confirmed on Wednesday that the 22-year-old was not on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
“He’s not on PUP,” Flores told reporters. “There is an acclimatization period here for the next two weeks. There is strength and conditioning, and there are some walkthroughs.
“There will be [strenuous activity] from the point of view of strength and conditioning, but from the point of view of football, practice, practice, there will not be much.
“But he’s gone through the physical. And if we start practicing, you’ll see him out there. “
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But Flores went fast to calm the excitement around Tagovailoa, suggesting that new measures amid the corona virus pandemic will make this season a pain for any player, let alone a rookie.
“People want to talk about Tua. I understand, “said Flores. At the same time, he is a young player, this is his first NFL training camp.
“I think he should do it one day at a time and not think about what’s realistic for the season. I think we should only do it one day at a time.
“That would be my message to him – but it’s not just him, it’s really every player on this team. This is a different year, a different type of training camp.
“No one has experienced such a training camp, where many meetings are virtual and there was no spring, there are no preseason games. Nobody has done this.
“So instead of looking to the future, I prefer the daily approach. That is the message that I will also give to the team.”
Tagovailoa signed a four-year deal with Miami in May and is guaranteed to receive $ 30,275 million. The deal includes a nearly $ 19.6 million signing bonus and includes a fifth-year option for 2024.