Tua Tagovailoa out for Las Vegas Raiders game with fractured ribs

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) is assisted off the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (David Santiago,Miami Herald via AP)
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders, according to Dolphins coach Brian Flores.

Tagovailoa fractured his left ribs during Miami’s 35-0 blowout loss Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Flores said Tagovailoa underwent more tests to determine the severity of the injury and although he wants to play, he is in a lot of pain and the team wants to protect him from further injury at this time.

Backup Jacoby Brissett will start against the Raiders, according to Palm Beach Post.

Tagovailoa led the team to a 1-1 start with a win over the New England Patriots Week 1. This season, Tagovailoa has completed 54.8% of his passes for 215 yards and one touchdown. 

The injury is a tough blow for the Dolphins. USA TODAY Sports+ NFL insider Safid Deen reported that the injury shook up the Dolphins locker room. Star cornerback Xavien Howard noted that the mood felt "like a funeral" after Sunday's game

The Dolphins now turn to Brissett under center. The NFL veteran has starting experience in his career. He owns a 12-20 overall record and made 15 starts for the Indianapolis Colts in 2019. 

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Brissett finished the 2019 season with 2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Last week, he told reporters that he is ready when called upon

"Like every week, I'm going to prepare as a starter," Brissett told Palm Beach Post reporter Tom D'Angelo. "I know that's cliche, but that's how I live my life because you never know. I've been in these situations before."

Brissett now gets his opportunity as the Dolphins look to rebound against the Raiders on Sunday afternoon.