MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 15: Head Coach Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins speaks with Tua Tagovailoa #1 during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Hard Rock Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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The Miami Dolphins have downgraded quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to doubtful for their matchup against the New York Jets. 

Robby Sabo

It appears that it’s Ryan Fitzpatrick time once again.

On Saturday, the Miami Dolphins downgraded starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to doubtful. Friday’s injury report listed him as questionable with a thumb injury (throwing hand), but a day later, it appears as though an old friend will square off against his former team for the second time this season.

The first-round Alabama product injured his thumb in practice this week on the heels of a tough performance against the Denver Broncos last Sunday. Tagovailoa threw for just 83 yards and a touchdown on 11 of 20 passing.

Elsewhere, Sam Darnold is set to make his second return from injury this season. After missing two games earlier in the year with an AC joint/shoulder issue, Darnold missed the last two New York Jets contests after reaggravating the injury in Kansas City.

Young Darnold practiced in-full Thursday and Friday after being a limited participant on Wednesday.

Jets-Dolphins Injury Report Week 12
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The most concerning issue for the Jets is the state of the right side of the line. Right tackle George Fant left the team’s 34-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers with a knee/ankle issue and did not return. He and Chuma Edoga are doubtful for the Dolphins. This means Conor McDermott should start on the right side.

Elsewhere, Patrick Onwuasor has already been declared out and Blake Cashman, a man who hasn’t suited up since Nov. 29’s game in Miami, is questionable with a hamstring issue.

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The Dolphins come into the contest pretty banged up. Running back Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and defensive end Solomon Kindley (foot) have already been declared as out, while wide receiver Jakeem Grant (hamstring) is still a question mark.

If the 0-10 Jets are to snag their first victory of the season, they’ll likely have to get it done against Fitzpatrick. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Sunday from MetLife Stadium.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, developer and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor | Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com

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Dark Demonik

Fitz might end up being better than Tua.. Fitz might carve up our defense.. But we will see