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The circle of Tua Tagovailoa

After the horrific looking injury to Tua Tagovailoa every one needs to take a step back and appreciate just what this kid has done.

He has come back from a terrible hip injury that could easily have ended his career. But his work ethic, and his heart, wouldn’t let the injury beat him. And as we sit here today on the back of another bad injury we have to hope that once again the fighting spirit of Tua Tagovailoa will carry him forwards.

We’re less than 24 hours removed from the injury. That horrible ten minute wait while he was assessed and stretchered from the field. The terrible reality that the injury could be very serious.

For the second time in a little over 96 hours, Tua was off the field due to an injury. This time he didn’t return, Lazarus-like to lead the Dolphins to an improbable victory. But that doesn’t mean he won’t return.

Tua Tagovailoa: The Comeback
Tua Tagovailoa: The Comeback

Tua Tagovailoa has finally shown flashes of brilliance

The irony of the latest injury isn’t lost on many. Having shown greatness in college, and then suffering a bad injury, the same cycle has repeated itself on Tua Tagovailoa.

After showing some great flashes against Baltimore and Buffalo we finally had a QB we could believe, maybe, just maybe had that elite level in him. He finally had explosive weapons, and the zip was back on his ball.

Still doubt Tua’s Zip? Check out this throw to River Cracraft

And he has a coach in Mike McDaniel and a scheme that fits exactly what he can do. All the pieces are in place for Tua Tagovailoa to build himself into one of the games great quarterbacks.

He may never have elite arm strength, but his brain and accuracy can work around that. It will be a learning curve, but what he showed in those two games proved that he has that in him.

And then it all came crashing down on another sack.

Two times in two games the back of his head hit the ground. Both times led to injury, although different each time. And that now is the next hurdle for Tua. Get back on the field and shake that injury-prone tag.

But the one thing we can know is that Tua Tagovailoa will not stop fighting. He has elite in him. Now he has to get back on the field and prove he can do it consistently.

And just maybe bring a Super Bowl trophy back home to Miami.

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