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Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa returns to practice

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MIAMI — Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa practiced Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his ribs in Week 2.

Tagovailoa was placed on injured reserve after suffering the injury in the Dolphins’ loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 19 and has missed the past three games. Miami designated him to return Tuesday, and coach Brian Flores said the plan is for Tagovailoa to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“We’re excited to get him back. I know he’s excited to be out there,” Flores said. “We’ll take it one day at a time, still. We’re moving enough in the right direction that he’ll be out there. He’ll have the opportunity to practice and hopefully play in the game.”

Miami lost all three games without Tagovailoa, as he was replaced by backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who injured his hamstring in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Flores said previously that Tagovailoa is still dealing with some pain but that the second-year pro won’t let it keep him off the field any longer.

“If you ask him, he’s 100%, he’s fine,” Flores said. “He’s not going to tell anybody any different. He’s made a lot of progress there. He’s dealing with something, he’s going to tough it out. That’s just the type of kid he is. But we’re hoping he’ll do well in practice today and be available this weekend. … My expectation is that both guys will be available.”

Tagovailoa threw for 202 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his lone complete game this season, a 17-16 win over the New England Patriots in Week 1.

He entered the 2020 NFL draft with some questions about his football longevity after suffering a compound hip fracture during his final season at Alabama, but was selected fifth overall by the Dolphins. Tagovailoa recovered from that injury and made nine starts for the Dolphins as a rookie, completing 186 of 290 passes for 1,814 yards, with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.



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Los Angeles Rams safety Taylor Rapp fails to clear concussion protocol, will miss playoff game

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Los Angeles Rams free safety Taylor Rapp did not clear concussion protocol this week and has been ruled out for Monday night’s wild-card playoff game against the visiting Arizona Cardinals.

Rapp suffered a concussion in the Rams’ overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. They also lost strong safety Jordan Fuller to a season-ending ankle injury in that game, meaning they’ll be without both starting safeties.

The team lists backup running back Buddy Howell (hamstring) as doubtful. Receiver Van Jefferson (shoulder) is listed as questionable, but coach Sean McVay expects him to play and said everyone else should be available.

McVay called Rapp’s absence a “big loss” and added that “he’s doing everything in his power to get back as quickly as possible.”

Fuller (113) and Rapp (94) were the Rams’ top two tacklers this season while playing 16 and 17 games, respectively. Rapp shared the team lead in interceptions (four) with cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Their injuries led the team to sign Eric Weddle to their practice squad this week, bringing the 37-year-old safety out of his two-year retirement.

McVay confirmed that Weddle will be added to the active roster for Monday night’s game and will contribute in a to-be-determined role. The Rams also have Nick Scott and Terrell Burgess at safety.

Weddle, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, retired after spending the 2019 season with the Rams. Monday will mark 750 days since his last NFL game.

“He’s done a great job,” McVay said. “He’s brought a great energy. He’s a great communicator. He’s a great leader. He’ll be ready to go. What exactly that role looks like, we’re still working through. Got a lot of confidence in Nick Scott and Terrell Burgess as well.”

McVay said there’s “a lot of ranges” to how much Weddle might play against Arizona before reiterating his confidence in Scott and Burgess.

“But I do know as a competitor when he’s out there, if he’s going and he gets into the flow, he’s gonna want to go,” McVay said. “If he’s feeling good and there’s no risk and we’re in a good flow, we’ll kind of just take it a snap at a time. I think it’s hard for me to realistically put a parameter around it because this is something that’s never been done before. It could be 10; it could be 30. I think in a lot of instances too, it depends on what kind of personnel groupings we’re presenting to the Cardinals’ offense as well.”

Fuller, a captain, was the Rams’ defensive signal-caller. McVay said it’s likely that linebacker Troy Reeder will take over those duties.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had his toe landed on against the 49ers, was listed as a full participant in all three practices this week.

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Bengals QB Joe Burrow finds Tyler Boyd for TD just before stepping out of bounds

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CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Joe Burrow to bring the team success it hasn’t had in a long, long time.

The quarterback is on his way to doing that in Saturday’s wild-card game against the Las Vegas Raiders. On third-and-4 near the end of the first half, Burrow scrambled out of the pocket and somehow found Tyler Boyd for a 10-yard touchdown.

Burrow was perilously close to being out of bounds before he released the ball, which prompted a discussion from the officials and seemed to elicit an inadvertent whistle.

According to the NFL rulebook, the play should have been blown dead because of the whistle. Instead, the sequence was allowed to continue and the Bengals took a 20-6 lead on the throw with 1:51 left in the first half.

The Bengals own the NFL’s longest drought without a playoff victory. Cincinnati hasn’t won a playoff game in 31 years. Burrow is doing his part to change that and produce a historic win.



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