UPDATE: Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores announced Wednesday morning that starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has fractured ribs and he will not play Sunday at the Las Vegas Raiders. Backup Jacoby Brissett will start against the 2-0 Raiders instead.
Tua Tagovailoa has fractured ribs and is out Sunday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 22, 2021
Tagovailoa was hurt in a 35-0 home loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday for the 1-1 Dolphins. Brissett finished the game. Monday. Flores told reporters that Tagovailoa’s injury didn’t appear serious and he was ‘day-to-day,” thus giving him a chance to face the Raiders. Now, four days before the game, Tagovailoa is out and Brissett is in.
Monday, Las Vegas coach Jon Gruden acknowledged the Raiders will have to be flexible in preparing for Miami, but did note they have faced both Tagovailoa and Brissett in the past.
“We know Tua from competing against him last year,” Gruden said. “We have also seen Brissett when he was a Colt, so we know something about them both.”
In 2019, the Raiders beat Brissett and the Indianapolis Colts. He completed 24 of 46 passes for 265 yards and he threw three touchdown passes. Last week, Brissett was 24 of 40 for 169 yards against Buffalo.
Of course, Miami’s coaching staff is also dealing with questions about the Raiders’ quarterback. On Monday, Gruden said starting QB Derek Carr is questionable to play because of an ankle injury. He did finish the game in Pittsburgh after getting hurt and looked good. Gruden said he thinks Carr should be good to go Sunday. If not, Nathan Peterman will start for the 2-0 Raiders.