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Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel announced Friday that rookie seventh-round pick Skylar Thompson will start Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
McDaniel rules Tua Tagovailoa out of start for second straight week due to concussion protocol, while backup Teddy Bridgewater lost to New England last week There are doubts about his fitness to play after injuring his finger during the Patriots game.
Sunday’s game will be a huge one for the 8-8 Dolphins as they can get by with a win Winning a playoff berth, plus the Patriots’ loss to the Buffalo Bills. A loss would knock Miami out of playoff contention. Injured when Tagovailoa had concussion protocol for the first time earlier in the season and Bridgewater was also out After that, Thompson earned his first career start in Week 6. 89 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in a 24-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Overall, Thompson has played in six games for the season, including plenty of recovery action in Weeks 5 and 17 . Relatively good, going 19-of-33 for 166 yards with no touchdowns and a pick in a 40-17 blowout loss. Thompson was called up again last week after Bridgwater injured his finger, against New England He was outstanding, 12-for-21 for 104 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception Overall, Thompson Completed 54.1% of his passes this season for 382 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.
Bridgewater still has a chance to be active on Sunday, but even if he does, will be Thompson’s backup .
Under Tagovailoa, the Dolphins were at one point considered one of the top teams in the NFL this season as they scrambled Start games 3-0 and 8-3. Tua was near Pro Bowl-level when healthy, completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 3,548 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions with the help of a superstar wide receiver duo of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle .
The Dolphins have lost five straight games, including a 26-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers two weeks ago, in Tagovailoa has had three offensive possessions intercepted in each of Miami’s final games this game.
Although not found until the next day, Tagovailoa suffered a concussion in the Green Bay game and hasn’t played since Contest. If Bridgewater isn’t healthy enough to play Sunday, Thompson will get Mike Glennon Support, he’s the team’s signing of the week.
Glennon is a skilled 33-year-old veteran with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears , Arizona Cardinals, Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants from age 20 to 13.