NFL: Flores to make game-time QB call

11 November 2021 21:48:15 GMTPlus11
Tua Tagovailoa remains a doubt

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores says it will be a game-time decision whether quarterback Tua Tagovailoa starts against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Dolphins areĀ 16/5 on the Money Line to improve a run of eight defeats from their last nine meetings with theĀ 1/4 Ravens.

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Tagovailoa has sustained a small fracture to left middle finger and although the left-handed QB can deal with the pain, he cannot grip the ball properly - which could lead to ball security issues.

The injury kept him sidelined throughout Miami's Week 9 win over the Houston Texans when the second-year quarterback served as the backup and emergency option behind Jacoby Brissett.

On Tuesday, Flores said that if the game was taking place that night, Brissett would be under center.

"He's making some progress, but is still somewhat limited," Flores said of Tagovailoa, via Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

"He is definitely making progress. He has a fracture in the finger and definitely some discomfort."

Brissett struggled to shine

Brissett wasn't exactly stellar in the Dolphins' ugly 17-9 win over the Texans on Sunday, completing 26 of 43 passes for 244 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, but he has seen more action than Tagovailoa of late as he has played in seven of nine games and started four.

In five games this season, Tagovailoa has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,040 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions.

Miami won't gain any solace from their recent record against Thursday's opponents, having won only one of their last nine against the Ravens.

The scores of the last three meetings have been downright embarrassing for Miami: 38-6, 40-0, 59-10 - with the Ravens jumping out to big interval lead in the last one in 2019 when they scored six touchdowns in the first half.

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