Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, out for three weeks with fractured ribs, is set to return on Sunday when his Miami Dolphins take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.
“We are delighted to have him back,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said of Tagovailoa, who trained on Wednesday. “We are moving in the right direction. He will have the opportunity to train and hopefully play in the game (Sunday).”
Dolphins quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who went 0-3 while Tagovailoa was out, trained on a limited basis on Wednesday due to a lingering hamstring injury.
The Dolphins (1-4) haven’t won a game since Tagovailoa threw for 202 yards in a 17-16 season opener over the New England Patriots.
On Sunday, the Dolphins face the 0-5 Jaguars, who are the only team without a win in the AFC.
The Jaguars have lost 20 straight games, which is the second longest skid in NFL history.
Jacksonville, which lost to Miami 31-13 last year, is within range of the NFL record for consecutive losses: 26, set by the 1976-1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I can’t really understand that,” Jaguars running back James Robinson said of the Jacksonville streak. “We have to find a way to win.”
This Miami game might represent Jacksonville’s best chance to avoid eclipsing the Tampa Bay record, but Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence insisted on one thing.
“We’re not talking about the streak,” Lawrence said. “I don’t think it’s good to talk about it. You can’t be desperate. You have to keep working.”
Lawrence, who led the Clemson Tigers past Tagovailoa’s Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2018 National Championship game, has not seen early success in the NFL. Lawrence completes 59.4% of his passes for six touchdowns and with eight interceptions. He’s averaging 229.2 yards per game.
The numbers for Sunday’s game will be close as the Dolphins are listed as 3 1/2 point favorites.
The attacking Dolphins are led by three solid targets in wide receivers DeVante Parker and rookie Jaylen Waddle and tight end Mike Gesicki. However, Parker is questionable due to shoulder and hamstring injuries.
In 12 career NFL games (11 starts), Tagovailoa is 7-4 while completing 63.2% of his passes for 12 TDs with six interceptions.
Miami’s running game has been poor as Myles Gaskin leads the team this year with just 167 yards.
Defensively, the Dolphins could have cornerback concerns with questionable Xavien Howard due to shoulder and groin injuries. Howard has twice led the NFL in interceptions.
The Jaguars are much more powerful than Miami when they lead the ball. Robinson amassed 387 yards, four touchdowns and an average of 5.8 per carry. He just made a career-high 149 yards against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday.
Having totaled just 16 carries in his first two games this season, Robinson is now on track for a 1,316-yard season. Last year, Robinson set an NFL record for most scrimmage yards by an undrafted rookie with 1,414.
Lawrence also proved dangerous on the field with 110 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
In the passing game, Laviska Shenault Jr. and Marvin Jones are Jacksonville’s first two targets. But Jones, who recorded a career-high 76 receptions last year with the Detroit Lions, did not train on Wednesday for personal reasons.
Defensively for the Jaguars, linebacker Myles Jack is questionable due to a back injury. He leads the team with 36 tackles.
– Field level media