Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa returns to practice, but won't play Sunday; Teddy Bridgewater in protocol

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins quarterback situation has many moving parts navigating the NFL’s new concussion protocols.

Dolphins starter Tua Tagovailoa won’t play in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. But he is practicing for the first time in a limited fashion with teammates since sustaining a concussion against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 29.

“It’ll be exciting for today,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said of Tagovailoa’s return. “Really in these situations, you’re relying on all medical advice and what he can do. He can go out, throw and do some individual work. That’s exciting for everybody because we miss his personality.”

The Dolphins are 3-2, and reeling following Tagovailoa’s exit during the Bengals game after a 3-0 start.

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa
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But Tagovailoa’s return to practice is a positive sign after McDaniel confirmed he has been evaluated by four independent specialists, clearing his way to join teammates again on the practice field.

Dolphins backup Teddy Bridgewater is also progressing through concussion protocol after being taken out of the team’s loss to the Jets last Sunday. If he is cleared to play this week, he will be the backup during the Vikings game, according to McDaniel.

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This makes Dolphins third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson, a seventh-round draft pick who made his NFL debut last week, in line for his first career start against the Vikings.

And the Dolphins will likely table the possibility of elevating practice squad quarterback Reid Sinnett for the Vikings game to provide backup help in the event either Thompson or Bridgewater are unavailable.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa returns to practice after concussion