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MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins take into account on their own subscribers to the “next man up” philosophy.
But even so, when injured quarterback Tua Tagovailoa remaining in the initial quarter of Sunday’s 35- loss to the Buffalo Costs, it was a change in momentum that Miami by no means recovered from.
“It hurt dropping Tua,” Dolphins defensive conclude Emmanuel Ogbah reported. “But with any luck , he’s back again next 7 days.”
Tagovailoa was carted off to the locker home with a rib damage soon after getting a strike from Bills defensive close AJ Epenesa in the course of Miami’s 2nd push of the activity. On fourth-and-1, Epenesa blew past Dolphins right deal with Jesse Davis and hit Tagovailoa as he threw a pass. The ball fell incomplete, and Tagovailoa was sluggish to get up prior to making an attempt to go away the subject.
He collapsed to the floor before he acquired to the Dolphins’ sideline, nevertheless, and was attended to by trainers prior to strolling gingerly to the sideline. Tagovailoa briefly sat on the bench right before getting carted to the locker room. Jacoby Brissett replaced him in the video game.
“Really don’t know the severity of the injuries appropriate now,” head coach Brian Flores mentioned just after the video game. “But we’re likely to run some checks tonight and tomorrow morning and we are going to ideally have a very little more info.
“We have to regroup. We failed to do a great plenty of position of that. I mean, we communicate about it, kind of a ‘next guy up’ mentality. Jacoby has to go in the game. It can be a group exertion. Seriously across the board — O-line, jogging backs, restricted finishes, receivers. We didn’t get very good sufficient execution across the board.”
Brissett finished 24-of-40 passing for 169 yards and an interception, which Flores explained was “not very good adequate” — a descriptor he utilized to Miami’s total crew, himself integrated. The previous 3rd-round draft decide on has started out 32 games through his 6-year occupation, together with 15 for the Indianapolis Colts in each 2017 and 2019. He may be the Dolphins’ backup quarterback on paper, but Brissett reported he will not refer to himself “as a backup quarterback” and that he will prepare for Miami’s Week 3 video game in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders as he would any other week.
The North Carolina Point out product or service named himself a starter, and his mentality has not improved even after signing with a Miami staff this offseason that had just drafted a quarterback with the fifth overall decide in 2020.
“I imagine in this NFL, no person presents you anything at all, appropriate?” Brissett explained. “You have obtained to go out there and compete and be ready when your prospect arrives, even so it arrives. You’ve just got to go out there when you get your possibility and make the most of it.”
The Expenditures played aggressively to begin the video game, pressuring Tagovailoa on 4 of the six snaps he took, together with two sacks on Miami’s opening drive. Brissett mentioned Buffalo’s recreation prepare was “no distinct” from what the Dolphins experienced found on movie, but the Payments still concluded with 6 sacks, 11 QB hits and nine tackles for decline.
Remaining deal with Austin Jackson said the Payments “unquestionably did some different issues” than what they showed on film, and that despite the fact that in the moment they had to move on to the future enjoy, Tagovailoa’s damage is a little something that will stick with them shifting forward.
“You under no circumstances want to see your quarterback hurt or on the floor — individuals are two horrible [plays] that we all kick ourselves about,” he explained. “I consider there is surely a lot of items we can get improved at, factors that we will get superior about. Allow me say that, far too. We’re not hoping, heading out there and praying. It truly is hard do the job that we put in. We are going to do it.”
Miami travels to Las Vegas to acquire on the 2- Raiders upcoming Sunday, with the chance to suitable the ship — no matter of who is having snaps underneath centre.
“It truly is early in the time, 2nd game of the period,” Brissett reported. “It can be not like the property is burning.”