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Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa remains in concussion protocol, won't participate in Pro Bowl Games

Tua Tagovailoa won't be participating in the 2023 Pro Bowl Games.

The Dolphins quarterback remains in the league's concussion protocol and will be unable to partake in the league's all-star game as a result, NFL Network's Cameron Wolfe reported Friday.

ESPN first reported the news.

Tagovailoa has been in concussion protocol since Dec. 26 after he reported concussion-like symptoms following a Week 16 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Christmas Day. The 24-year-old missed the Dolphins' final three games of the 2022 season as a result, including Miami's wild-card loss to the Buffalo Bills. Tagovailoa missed two games after suffering a concussion in a Week 4 loss to the Bengals.

After suffering two concussions over the course of the 2022 season, Rapoport reported on Jan. 15 that Tagovailoa is expected to return in 2023 and that retirement is "not on the table." The Dolphins have maintained support of the former No. 5 overall pick along the way.

Tagovailoa earned his first Pro Bowl honor after taking Miami to the playoffs for the first time in six years. In 13 games played, Tagovailoa produced career-highs in passing yards (3,548) and touchdowns (25) while leading the league with a 105.5 passer rating.

The Dolphins' success in 2022 was largely dependent on the availability of Tagovailoa. Miami owned an 8-4 record while averaging 26.4 points per game in games Tagovailoa started this season. Without Tagovailoa starting or finishing games, the Dolphins were 1-4 with a 16.0 PPG average.

Miami must decide by the May 1 deadline whether to pick up Tagovailoa's fifth-year option for the 2024 season.

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