Tua Tagovailoa ‘expected to return’ as Miami Dolphins QB in 2023, not ruled out for playoffs: report

When Tua Tagovailoa Adam Schefter, who continues to recover from his recent concussion, reports that the former Alabama quarterback is expected to return as the Miami Dolphins’ starter for the 2023 season. Schefter added that Tagovailoa isn’t excluded from eventually participating in this year’s NFL postseason if Miami can pull off an upset win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Tagovailoa has not played against the Green Bay Packers since suffering his second concussion of the season on Christmas Day.

Tagovailoa initially suffered a concussion against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 29, after which medical personnel carted him off the field and transported him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He returned after almost a month of recovery to play in nine more games that led to his second concussion. If Tagovailoa is healthy this season, he has his career-best numbers with a 64.8% completion rate, rushing for 3,548 yards and 25 touchdowns against eight interceptions. Miami is 8-5 in games where Tagovailoa starts.

Miami selected Tagovailoa #5 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft after playing three seasons in Alabama. Tagovailoa, a 5-star recruit in the class of 2017 from Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis, chose the Crimson Tide over USC, Oregon and others.

Tagovailoa took over Alabama’s starter as a sophomore after sitting at the back Jalen hurts in 2017 and famously eased hurts at halftime in the college football playoff national championship that season by scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime. His best season with The Tide came in 2018 when he completed 69.0% of his passes for 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns against six interceptions as Alabama led the table until suffering a decline in the national title game against Clemson.

As a junior, Tagovailoa struggled with multiple injuries and played in just nine games. MacJones took over the route for him, and Tagovailoa then entered the draft as a projected top 10 pick. Many pundits predicted Tagovailoa as the No. 1 overall standings for the 2019 season, but his injuries combined with a historic season Joe Burrow made the LSU product #1 by the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Tom Brady, Derek Carr and Ryan Tannehill are among the quarterbacks that could have been available to the Dolphins this offseason had they decided to move away from Tagovailoa.