Tua injury overshadows loss to Bengals

This image is still in my head. I went to sleep last night and the loss to the Bengals didn’t bother me in the least. All I could think about was that poor kid lying on the ground with a potentially devastating injury. Thankfully, Tua Tagovailoa was released from the trauma center after just a couple of hours and traveled home with his team. Sometimes you have to separate the humanity from the sport. I wanted us to win this game yet I couldn’t stop thinking about Tua. I saw the game on Sunday, saw him stumble. I was told that an independent neurologist examined Tua and he was cleared of being concussed. I believe this 100%, not everything that happens with the Miami Dolphins is a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream for Gods sake! What happened Sunday has zero to do with what happened last night. This is a violent sport, and that hit last night was evidence of that. It wasn’t dirty per se, it was a physical play that used to be commonplace in any and every NFL game but sometimes the lions bite the gladiators, it happens. Listening to WQAM in Miami, all kinds of “experts” are chiming in on the Tua situation and it really sickens me. I know Ross made the bed and now he has to sleep in it, but this is just too much.

Without any real timetable on QB Tua Tagovailoa’s return, Teddy Bridgewater will be the QB going forward for however long Tua is unavailable. It’s a good thing we’re 3-1 and already 2-0 in divisional play, including knocking off top dog Buffalo. Teddy Bridgewater will get all the snaps and will be better prepared to be at the helm and lead this team. The Jets will have their young QB ( Zach Wilson) back so we won’t be facing Joe Flacco. CB Byron Jones should be back for this game, but will he be opposite X? CB Xavien Howard didn’t finish the game and if you watched the game, I’m not entirely sure he have started it. He clearly is not healthy and was doing his best, but he doesn’t have the speed right now to compete with teams best receivers. Whether or not he can rebound after a long rest, the Dolphins now have 10 days before they play 2 Sundays from now, remains to be seen.

The game last night was pretty odd. We had 7 more yards on offense than the Bengals and Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert (15-69) out rushed RB Joe Mixon (24-61) by 8 yards with 9 less carries. We actually had a good chance to take the lead down 20-15 and were driving to score when Teddy Bridgewater threw his first interception of the season with the Dolphins at the Cincy 29 yard line. We actually had a 15-14 lead as the 3rd quarter ended. Despite all that, there are major concerns for me going forward with this defense. We simply cannot get to the QB rushing just 4 or even 5. It’s shocking to me that this is the case because I expected so much more from LB Jaelan Phillips, especially when we added Melvin Ingram to the mix, and Ingram has been playing so well. Phillips has 6 total tackles and 1 sack through 4 games while playing 70% of the defensive snaps. Ogbah has also been neutralized and his stats mirror Phillips, 7 total tackles, 1 sack. With our secondary incomplete, the one on one man to man coverage is not sustainable with Keion Crossen, Nik Needham and Kader Kohou. All of these guys have done admirable work, and I’m not belittling any of them, but we had pro bowl caliber guys like Xavien Howard and Byron Jones back there, so it’s an awful lot to ask of these young players to cover the NFL’s best one on one with no help, because a safety is needed to blitz to provide pass rush help. The defense was built on the foundation of having the best cover corners back there, so you can’t substitute a couple of UDFA’s and expect the same results.

I think our offense is going to be fine, whether it’s Teddy Bridgewater, Tua Tagovailoa or even Skylar Thompson. I would like us to run the ball more, I liked Mostert getting more carries, you give that guy a little crease and he’s gone. Once again though, as I’ve said before, I don’t like our short yardage offense one bit. Not one of our backs can push the pile, we aren’t getting any push up front, and that includes C Connor Williams, LG Liam Eichenberg and RG Robert Hunt. Cincy defense blew up each and every short yardage play which thoroughly disgusted me. Good thing we have a fullback? Can we use him, and can he give a running back a crease? Like how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop, we may never know.

At 3-1, I should be elated, all of us should, and it’s not like last night’s team loss was so disheartening. I think to me it’s the uncertainty of Tua’s health, and my concerns about our defense that have me feeling down, and mostly it’s Tua for me. I feel so bad for the kid. Finally, the kid has someone in his corner, and he balled out with tons of confidence, and now this. As we all know, concussions seem to manifest more concussions. We’ve seen it happen with so many players in the NFL, I just hope Tua doesn’t become one of those players and become one of those statistics. Teddy Bridgewater has had some bad luck in his own right and now takes the reins of a very potent offense. I’m happy for him however long it lasts, and hope he prospers and enjoys success here in Miami.




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909 Responses to Tua injury overshadows loss to Bengals

  1. CavalierKong says:

    Ravens up 14-3 on the Bills.

    Bills held to a fg in their first red zone trip. The Bills offense is really, really good, but is showing a pretty big weakness with issues in the red zone.

    Jax up 14-0 in Philly. I’m going to have to watch this Jaguars team and see what they are about.

  2. CavalierKong says:

    Ravens about to go up 3 scores after a Bills fumble.

    Let’s see if Allen can bring his team back from 3 scores down against a good Ravens team in Baltimore. Not a lot of QBs in the league that would be able to do that…

  3. naplesfan2010 says:

    Thanks, man … we’re ok, just shopping for tradesmen to get in here and do repairs.

    … so sorry about your grandmother’s house.

    Lots of the folks there love it so much they are saying
    they are going to rebuild as soon as they are allowed.

    It is a fun island.

  4. naplesfan2010 says:


    My little brother finally got services enough to check in with me.
    Roof, screen, and water damage, but he’s healthy, so that’s good.

    Assuming his kids are ok.
    They’re in their 30s, so they’re probably still at the hurricane party.

  5. CavalierKong says:

    Spoke too soon, 17-3 ravens, still a two score game.

  6. naplesfan2010 says:

    I’m not ready to write the season off just yet.

    Let’s see if Teddy can rise to the occasion. We should be able to beat the jest.

    I seem to remember a certain Earl Morral holding down the fort until the starter could return.

    But that was before you guys were born.

  7. CavalierKong says:

    Now it’s a 3 score game

  8. bailbondmike says:

    steveccnv says:
    October 2, 2022 at 11:32 am
    At this stage I don’t think we’re in position to challenge for division, making Bills over Ravens the pick, but either way one of those games where 1 is losing
    2-0 Dolphins
    0-1 Bills
    0-1 Patriots
    0-0 Jets

    How are we not in position?

  9. bailbondmike says:

    Jets up on Steelers 10-3 on the road in Pittsburgh

  10. naplesfan2010 says:

    not a big Bugs fan

  11. Mike E. says:

    Steve must have had one of those snap decisions. We’re 3-1 with wins over both the Bills and Ravens. Bills are losing right now, not sure how we won’t or aren’t competing for the division

  12. CavalierKong says:

    Considering how bad they were, the Bills have to feel pretty good to only be down 10 at half.

  13. bailbondmike says:

    A Bills loss to Ravens not only makes them 2-2, but also gives us a 1 up vs common opponents.

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      If Ravens and we finish with the same record, we would own the head to head tie-breaker, for seeding purposes or home hosting. (I think.)

      Beating both of these teams will really help us for seeding and hosting purposes at the end.

  14. mf13ss says:

    Trubisky has been benched for…

  15. steveccnv says:

    7-19 106 1 int jets franchise QB

  16. Mike E. says:

    Minkah with the luckiest pick 6, now just a pick, he went out of bounds

  17. steveccnv says:

    Wilson got Fitzed, almost pick 6

  18. mf13ss says:

    Zach Wilson sucks…

  19. CavalierKong says:

    Well, the morning started off with pretty much all games going our way, now they’ve all flipped

  20. The Flying Pig says:

    Baltimore better learn to hang onto a lead

  21. Mike E. says:

    Bills tie the Ravens. Can’t hold a lead, or so it seems.

  22. CavalierKong says:

    Atlanta back on top

  23. Ken says:

    Tom Pelissero

    The Dolphins noticed people watching their walkthrough Wednesday in Cincinnati, so they made a sly adjustment: All the clips circulating on Twitter have 12 players on offense. Fake plays? Fake routes on real plays? Either way, Mike McDaniel and company staying one step ahead

  24. CavalierKong says:

    Houston only down 3 after being down 27-7 at half

  25. mf13ss says:

    Tough game between the Bills and Ravens, tied at 20 in the rain.

  26. mf13ss says:

    My guy Jordan Poyer with his 2nd INT of the game. That SUCKS!

  27. Mike E. says:

    Lamar Jackson probably wants to come in and play defense

  28. naplesfan2010 says:

    Is it better if the Ravens and Bills tie?

  29. naplesfan2010 says:

    Colts lost, good; I hate the Colts.
    Browns lost, good; I hate the Browns.
    Jags lost, ok; I don’t want them to beat us out of a wild card.

    Vikings won. I really don’t want them to become good.
    We need to be able to beat them.

  30. bailbondmike says:

    Browns lost so there’s that.

  31. naplesfan2010 says:

    Texans lost, good; I hate the Texans.

  32. mf13ss says:

    Total mismanagement of the clock by the Ravens. Dammit.

  33. bailbondmike says:

    Steelers going to lose to Jets

  34. naplesfan2010 says:

    Ravens lost, good; I hate the Ravens.

  35. naplesfan2010 says:

    Bears lost; no one cares.

  36. naplesfan2010 says:

    Commanders lost, good; I hate the Commanders.

  37. naplesfan2010 says:

    Steelers lost, good; I hate the Stealers*.

  38. steveccnv says:

    Cheats in last place

  39. bailbondmike says:

    Lets go Raider’s, Packers and Bucs!

  40. mf13ss says:

    I see Kenny Pickett had a perfect completion percentage today!
    10 to his own team and 3 to the other team! 10/13 with 3 INTs!

  41. mf13ss says:


    GREAT to see your sense of humor is still intact after all you’ve been through, man!

    • mf13ss says:

      On Thursdays, country music (NO OFFENSE to country music lovers out there!) is played at work. As soon as the song is over, I say, “Glad that song is over. That’s the worst song I’ve ever heard”.

      • mf13ss says:

        Translation: x team lost, good. I hate that team. LOL

      • pheloniusphish says:

        That’s what i say after every rap and hip hop song I hear. When I’m being nice.

      • mf13ss says:

        Understood, Phelon. No harm, no foul, pal. EVERYBODY has the right to like what one likes.

        And for whatever it’s worth, I’ve got a few country artists on my playlist.

  42. CavalierKong says:

    I find that I enjoy watching our division rivals games a hell of a lot more when they are chasing us in the division. I had forgotten what that feels like.

  43. bailbondmike says:

    I see Mac Jones was ruled out for today. Hoyer is starting.

  44. CavalierKong says:

    Hoyer’s being evaluated. Zappe in at qb for the pets

  45. The Flying Pig says:

    What’s a Bailey Zappe?

  46. bailbondmike says:

    That wasn’t a horse collar tackle. He had him by the jersey. I’ll take it though.

  47. bailbondmike says:

    I feel bad for Dan Campbell. How many 1 score games have the Lions lost in the last 20 games?

  48. manitobafinfan says:

    My Pats buddy was pounding the table for Zappe to start over Jones in the PS

  49. CavalierKong says:

    Sheesh, Green Bay

  50. herdfan says:

    CavalierKong says:
    October 2, 2022 at 4:52 pm (Edit)
    Hoyer’s being evaluated. Zappe in at qb for the pets

    Does everyone on social media get to vote on whether he’s ok?

  51. stangerx says:

    “Democrats want Republicans dead. They’ve already started the killings.”

    — MTG…. couldn’t help myself. 🙂

    • Wyoming85 says:

      Well there is this?

    • mf13ss says:

      Stanger, c’mon, man. And let us pretend that several other Republicans have not been targeted for murder. I’ll give you the National Baseball game where Steve Scalice (and others) barely escaped with their lives, Rand Paul and his neighbor, and last but not least, Justice Kavanaugh.

      MTG is correct, and you are WRONG.

      Let’s keep it football, Bro.

  52. Wyoming85 says:

    Had a great time at the Astro’s game last night!

    It’s just as well I was “offline” for a day and a half!

  53. CavalierKong says:

    Wow, I guess the patriots get a 42 second play clock

  54. bailbondmike says:

    Rodgers sucks. If they couldn’t run the ball, Pats would be up 2 scores with their 3rd string QB.

  55. bailbondmike says:

    Zappe was actually a good college QB. I followed him along with Skylar and a few others. Skylar was my guy halfway through the college season.

  56. CavalierKong says:

    GB secondary doesn’t want to tackle Stevenson

  57. Mike E. says:

    MTG is an asshole. At least she’s not POTUS, but it’s obvious assholes can ascend to the highest office. I’ll leave that here . . .

  58. mf13ss says:

    BB Mike,

    Did ya see what Tyler Allgeier did today?!! None too shabby for a BIG back!

  59. CavalierKong says:

    GB finishes off and nearly every game went our way today.

  60. bailbondmike says:

    Cool, Pats and Broncos lose.

  61. The Flying Pig says:

    Didn’t Aaron Rogers get the sling blade haircut?

  62. bailbondmike says:

    Gonna suck rooting for the Bucs and Brady.

  63. bailbondmike says:

    Who da thunk it with almost 1/4 of the season done.

    Dolphins 3 1 0 .750 98 91 L1
    Bills 3 1 0 .750 114 58 W1
    Jets 2 2 0 .500 76 101 W1
    Patriots 1 3 0 .250 74 98 L2

  64. bailbondmike says:

    Through the first 4 games of the season, the Dolphins and Bills are the only teams in the AFC with 3 wins (pending the KC/Tampa game).

  65. bailbondmike says:

    TBH, I am more nervous about playing at Detroit than I am at home vs Green Bay.

  66. bailbondmike says:

    First 3 games Bucs defense only gave up 27 points total.

    Through less than 3 quarters they have given up 38 to the Chiefs.

  67. bailbondmike says:


    Bucs TE got dinged up. Came out of game and talked to team trainers and team doctor then went back in game. Didn’t get hit again but suddenly he is out for the game with a concussion even though they let him go back in the game.

  68. Mike E. says:

    Man, that Braves sweep is still stinging. What a shame that one series can make a 100 win season a disappointment, but that’s how it is. They just needed to win one game to hold the edge, they couldn’t get it done.

  69. Rockphin says:

    I kind of tuned out this weekend after the loss and injury to Tua. I am surprised that we are still the number one seed in the AFC this morning. Yay! Go Dolphins. Beat the Jet’s next Sunday and keep first place.

    As I said before the first game. Never look back.

  70. Rockphin says:

    Well, there needs to be an investigation of the Pats right away. It is OBVIOUS they are tanking. “there is not way a Belicheat team would perform so poorly unless it was on purpose”


    You can see Belicheat at every press conference with his shit eating smile, joking around and shit. That is not a normal Belicheat.

  71. Wyoming85 says:

    I hope your right

    • steveccnv says:

      That’s in the past, he sucks now, hope MM has a short leash

      We need to blowout the jets to get Skylar some reps, but I have no faith in Betty

  72. Ken says:

    “The Dolphins plan to be very cautious with Tagovailoa, and when he returns to game action will depend on his recovery and passing the five phases required in the league’s concussion protocol system,” Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported. “For those reasons, it is undetermined how many weeks he could miss.

    “MRI and CT scans came back clean, and he’s doing well, according to sources.

    “ESPN reported Sunday that images of Tagovailoa’s brain are being sent to three independent doctors to obtain as many opinions as possible about his condition. As of Saturday, there was nothing new or alarming that surfaced in the medical examination of Tagovailoa’s head and neck.”

  73. Rockphin says:

    Joe Flacco sustained a concussion on Thursday night football and played the following Sunday.

    If Tua passes all the tests he should play this week. Regardless of the feelings of people in the press.

  74. boulderfinfan says:

    I hope Tua is cleared to play against the Vikings 🙂

  75. Wyoming85 says:

    GAG on that haters

  76. Wyoming85 says:


  77. bailbondmike says:

    Broncos RB Javonte Williams suffered torn ACL vs. Raiders, out for rest of season

  78. bailbondmike says:

    Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) placed on injured reserve, to miss at least four games

  79. Wyoming85 says:

    Crisis avoided!

  80. bailbondmike says:

    Bills WR Jamison Crowder is out indefinitely due to a broken ankle he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Ravens, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

  81. bailbondmike says:

    Bengals TE Drew Sample (knee) placed on injured reserve

  82. bailbondmike says:

    Here’s a box of tissue cry baby.

    “Steelers’ Minkah Fitzpatrick: ‘It’s frustrating losing to people that you know that you’re better than'”

  83. naplesfan2010 says:

    Joe Schad

    Reed Sinnett is back!!! #SinnettToWinIt.

    Back to Miami Dolphins practice squad per Mike McDaniel

  84. naplesfan2010 says:

    Tua officially out vs. jest?

  85. steveccnv says:

    Seems a bit quick, like there’s more to the Bills game injury, and he’s playing CYA

    Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel ruled out quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Monday for the team’s Week 5 game against the New York Jets due to the concussion that Tagovailoa suffered on Sept. 29 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

  86. naplesfan2010 says:

    Michael Irvin:
    … the attacks on McDaniel’s character are unwarranted
    and are not coming from a genuine place of “concern.”

  87. Wyoming85 says:

    It’s all good Naples

  88. bailbondmike says:

    My October 2023 mock draft.

    8. Kelee Ringo CB Georgia
    56. DeMarvion Overshown LB Texas
    72. Warren McClendon OT Georgia
    88. Dalton Kincaid TE Utah
    156. Keeanu Benton DT Wisconsin
    168. Tykee Smith S Georgia
    220. Israel Abanikanda RB Pittsburgh

  89. Ken says:

    Mike McDaniel has ruled Tua out this weekend versus the Jets.. He Said it will be week-to-week after that and confirmed that Tua’s MRI came back clean. Tua is in the building today….

    • stangerx says:

      With all the national attention on this (right or wrong)…. when Tua gets behind center all the I’s will have been dotted and all the T’s crossed.

      • Ken says:

        What I think as well. I am guessing he may be able to clear protocol but there’s no way they are going to put him on the field next week

    • steveccnv says:

      So now it’s official, because you wrote it😜

  90. stangerx says:

    When I grew up they used to say seeing the first robin was a sign of Spring. Down here the sign for winter is bigger — just had the first Mantee sighting.

  91. Rockphin says:

    Looks like the team is going to cave in to the sea of twitter torches and pitchforks.

  92. stangerx says:

    When thinking about Tua’s return consider….

    “The only other Dolphin to experience a concussion this season, tight end Cethan Carter, has not yet returned to practice since first getting concussed in the Sept. 11 opener against New England Patriots.”

  93. Rockphin says:


  94. stangerx says:

    And they need secondary help bad.

    “Cornerback Jimmy Smith, a Baltimore Ravens lifer who was part of the team that won Super Bowl 47, announced on Monday that he’s retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons, and will sign a one-day contract so he can retire with the only team he’s ever played for.”

  95. bailbondmike says:

    stangerx says:
    October 3, 2022 at 3:49 pm
    There’s no way we end up picking at #8. #18 much more likely.
    Just going by where the pick was slotted heading into this past weekend with 49er’s record at 1-2. If they win, it will drop. If they lose tonight to the Rams, it should stay a top 10 pick.

    I do agree the pick will be more near a mid 1st. If 49er’s finish 9-8, we could very well have Pick #18.

    There are 3-4 really good CB’s to choose from who are 1st round talent.

    Ringo is CB1 in my book. He’s a 6’2 205 CB who runs in the 4.3’s and hits like a safety. Excels in man coverage

  96. Wyoming85 says:


  97. Wyoming85 says:

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