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The Dolphins are placing QB Tua Tagovailoa on IR for his fractured ribs. That means he'll miss at least the next 3 contests. The team reportedly hopes to get the QB back for Week 6. Until then, it's Jacoby Brissett ... which means it's also time to queue up fantasy defenses playing against Miami. That's the Raiders this week, then the Colts and Buccaneers. If Tagovailoa makes it back for Week 6, he'd get a nice pair of matchups with Jacksonville and then Atlanta.

Dolphins HC Brian Flores said Wednesday that, after further testing, QB Tua Tagovailoa has been diagnosed with fractured ribs and will miss this weekend's game against the Raiders. Tua's availability beyond Week 3 is uncertain. It'll be Jacoby Brissett under center for however long Tagovailoa is out. Brissett was bad in relief this past Sunday, finishing 24 of 40 for 169 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT. Downgrade Miami's passing game under Brissett.

Additional testing on Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa's injured ribs revealed no "major issues," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "So it’ll be about pain tolerance and functionality moving forward.," Pelissero adds. We'll need to keep an eye on Tua's practice participation and progress this week. If he can't play vs. the Raiders on Sunday, it'll be Jacoby Brissett under center for Miami.

The belief is that Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa is dealing with bruised ribs. But he's scheduled for additional testing on Monday to check for any associated cartilage damage, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That could keep Tagovailoa out for "the next couple of games," Rapoport adds. We should get another update on Tua's injury later today.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa has been diagnosed with bruised ribs, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. X-rays came back negative, and Tua will get an MRI on Monday "He's in a lot of pain," Pelissero adds.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa suffered a rib injury in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Bills. He was in obvious pain and took a cart back to the locker room. Tagovailoa is officially questionable to return. QB Jacoby Brissett is in for Miami.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa feels more comfortable -- both with the offense and his surgically repaired hip -- heading into his 2nd season. "Last year, for me, I wasn't as comfortable just in general. I wasn't comfortable calling plays," Tagovailoa said. "I just didn't have the comfortability of checking plays, alerting plays. I just rode with the play, even if I knew it wasn't going to work. I was going to try to make it work. I didn't actually know the playbook, necessarily, really, really good, and that's no one else's fault but my fault. Our playcalls were simple when I was in. I didn't have alerts and checks. Where now, I feel comfortable and I can maneuver my way through these things." The Dolphins have designed an offense this offseason that better suits Tua's skill set, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe. Tagovailoa also said that his surgically repaired hip feels "10 times" better than last year. With WRs Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle bringing much-needed speed to the offense, the pieces are in place for Tua to take a big step forward in 2021.

The Dolphins selected Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle with the 6th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Waddle turned in a super impressive true freshman season back in 2018, hauling in 45 balls for 848 yards and 7 scores on a loaded pass-catching corps. His 848 yards ranked 2nd to only sophomore Jerry Jeudy -- ahead of sophomore Henry Ruggs, sophomore DeVonta Smith and junior Irv Smith. Waddle took a step back as a sophomore, finishing with a 33-560-6 line. But he got off to a monster start this past year, racking up 25 catches for 557 yards and 4 scores over the first 4 games. Waddle actually led DeVonta Smith in yards and matched him in TDs during that span. He went down with a fractured right ankle in game #5, though, and was clearly limited when he returned for the National Championship vs. Ohio State. Waddle is reportedly recovering nicely from that injury and didn’t miss time with any other injuries across his 3 college seasons. The Fins are getting the most explosive WR in this class. Waddle has supersonic speed, routinely blowing by DBs on deep balls and crossers. He also flashes plus contested-catch ability, despite going just 5’9 and 180 pounds. There are shades of Tyreek Hill to his game. No excuses for QB Tua Tagovailoa, who now has former college teammate Waddle plus Will Fuller, DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki.

Just a few minutes after it was reported that the Dolphins traded down from #3 to #12, we learned that the Fins made another trade -- this time with the Eagles -- to move from #12 back up to #6. Philly is picking up Miami's 2022 1st-rounder to make that move down. Our guess is the Dolphins are targeting 1 of the top rookie WRs -- Ja'Marr Chase or DeVonta Smith -- and figure they'll be able to get 1 at #6. The Eagles, meanwhile, are now less likely to land a QB in the 1st round. That's good news for QB Jalen Hurts' 2021 fantasy value.

The 49ers swung a massive trade for the #3 overall pick in next month's draft, sending the #12 pick, a 2021 3rd-rounder and 1st-rounders in 2022 and 2023 to the Dolphins. The 'Niners clearly have their eyes on a QB. ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that the team doesn't have 1 specific rookie in mind but is "good with the options" that will be available. That'll be some combination of BYU's Zach Wilson, Ohio State's Justin Fields and North Dakota State's Trey Lance. Schefter also reports that San Francisco "has no plans" to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo -- but his days as the starter are clearly numbered. The Dolphins, meanwhile, are reaffirming their commitment to QB Tua Tagovailoa with this trade.

The Dolphins have promoted Eric Studesville and George Godsey to co-OC positions. Studesville has been Miami's RBs coach for the past 3 seasons; Godsey the TEs coach for the past 2. The only NFL OC experience between the 2 comes from Godsey, who was in the role for the Texans in 2015 and 2016. Those teams ranked 19th and 29th in total yards. It's unclear which guy will call plays for the Fins this coming season.

The Dolphins have fired OC Chan Gailey, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 69-year-old Gailey was always a puzzling hire and ends up lasting just 1 season in Miami. We'll see who the Fins tab as his replacement, but it's less than ideal that QB Tua Tagovailoa will have another new offense to learn.

Update: ESPN has removed their report that Gailey has been fired. He remains with the team for now. We'll see where this goes.

Update: Gailey has decided to resign, so Miami will be looking for a new OC after all.

Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID and is out for Sunday's game vs. the Bills. Miami had already named QB Tua Tagovailoa the starter for that one, but this eliminates the possibility of Fitzpatrick entering if the rookie struggles.

Dolphins HC Brian Flores said after Saturday night's win that QB Tua Tagovailoa will start next weekend's finale vs. the Bills. The rookie struggled for over 3 quarters vs. the Raiders before giving way to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who chucked for 182 yards and a score in the comeback. Miami's offense has been better with Fitzpatrick all season, but Flores is staying committed to Tagovailoa. He obviously can't be trusted in Week 17 fantasy lineups.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) is officially active for today’s game against the Bengals. The rookie has finished 28th, 17th and 16th among QBs in fantasy points in his 3 starts this season. Despite today’s plus matchup, Tua remains just a QB2.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) is expected to start against the Bengals today, "assuming all goes well in warmups," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tagovailoa reportedly took most of the 1st-team reps in practice this week. The rookie has been OK for Miami but underwhelming for fantasy football, averaging just 170 yards and 1.7 TDs on 25 pass attempts through 3 full games. Despite the plus matchup vs. Cincinnati, Tua is just a QB2. He's also bad news for WR DeVante Parker, who's averaged 3.8 catches and 40 yards in Tagovailoa's starts vs. 5.3 catches and 63 yards with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jets after a limited week of practice. HC Brian Flores said earlier in the week that he might not decide on his starting QB until Sunday. Miami’s offense has been better this season with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm.

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