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Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa made his NFL debut Sunday in a blowout victory against the Jets, in garbage time. He handed off the ball three times and completed both of his passes.
The next time he steps on the field, it will be as the team’s starter.
Tagovailoa will start for the Dolphins once they return from their bye this week, when Miami hosts the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8 on Nov. 1, a person familiar with the decision told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the move.
ESPN was first to report the news.
The Dolphins selected Tagovailoa with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. The former Alabama passer sat out the first five games of the year as he acclimated to the NFL and also continued his recovery from a dislocated hip injury and posterior wall fracture suffered in November 2019 when playing for the Crimson Tide.
Tagovailoa takes over for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had played well for Miami, completing 70.1% of his passes for 1,535 yards, with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Fitzpatrick helped the Dolphins march out to a 3-3 record, which is just one game back of first place in the AFC East.
In Sunday’s 24-0 victory against the Jets, Tagovailoa completed both of his passes for nine yards.