Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa will likely be active against Bengals, but will he start?

The Miami Dolphins have both Tua Tagovailoa and Ryan Fitzpatrick available for today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but at this point it’s unclear which quarterback will start the 1pm home game.

Tagovailoa’s agent Lee Steinberg posted on his Facebook account on Saturday morning that he is traveling to Miami to see Tagovailoa play against the Bengals (2-8-1).

That doesn’t mean the rookie quarterback will start, but it’s a good indication that he’ll be active today, especially since Miami hasn’t downgraded Tagovailoa to questionable like last week, or rookie quarterback Reid Sinnett was promoted from the practice squad.

The Dolphins (7-4) are still getting extremely cautious about whether Tua Tagovailoa’s thumb injury has healed enough for the former Alabama standout player to return as the team’s starting quarterback.

With Tagovailoa limited by the thumb injury he sustained in practice last Wednesday, Ryan Fitzpatrick has taken a significant chunk of Miami’s first team reps on attack, and it’s possible he could start his second game in a row, and the eighth of the season.

The Dolphins prevented reporters from seeing Tagovailoa throw the football in practice this week by restricting access, so it’s hard to say how much the injury to his throwing hand still affects Tagovailoa’s throws.

“Anytime you deal with something that bothers you, it (has an) impact on all those things you mentioned, accuracy and speed. Obviously, every time you have a problem, there is some impact, ”said coach Brian Flores on Friday.

Flores has vowed that when healthy, Tagovailoa would continue as Miami’s starter.

Tagovailoa led the Dolphins with a 3-1 record in his four starts this season, completing 61.9% of his passes while throwing for 602 yards (6.2 yards per attempt) and six touchdowns. This season he has a score of 100.1 passers-by and has been fired 10 times.

Fitzpatrick has led the Dolphins to a record of 4-3 in his seven starts, completing 68.5% of his passes (7.5 yards per attempt), throwing for 1,909 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has thrown eight interceptions and has been fired 14 times. He has a 93.1 passer rating for the season.

The Dolphins will not play today’s game against the Bengals with Patrick Laird as the team’s only healthy tailback as Myles Gaskin, who has missed the past five games due to a left knee he sustained in October, went off the injured reserve on Saturday. achieved. .

Gaskin, who leads in hasty tries (100) and yards gained (387) after emerging as leader of the team in the first month of the season, has been practicing with the team for the past two weeks.

Miami placed Matt Breida on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list on Friday, meaning he is not eligible to play against the Bengals. Miami increased safety for Nate Holley from the exhibition squad as a COVID-19 substitute for today’s game.

And rookie file Salvon Ahmed, who has had a shoulder injury in the past two weeks, and DeAndre Washington, who suffered a hamstring injury last week, were both labeled questionable for today’s game.

Laird started four games for the Dolphins in the 2019 season, racking up 168 rushing yards on 62 tries. He also caught 23 passes of his rookie season, turning those receptions to 204 yards.

This season, Laird has gained 27 rushing yards on four carriers and caught five of the six passes he threw in his direction, making them 36 yards.