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Starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa carted off field with rib injury

Buffalo's A.J. Epenesa hits Tagovailoa on final play of Miami's second series
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa carted off field vs. Buffalo Bills, Sept. 19, 2021
Posted at 2:56 PM, Sep 19, 2021

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the sideline during the first quarter of Sunday's game against Buffalo with a rib injury.

The Dolphins said he was questionable to return.

Tagovailoa was hit by Buffalo Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa on the final play of Miami's second series.

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa helped off field after rib injury vs. Buffalo Bills, Sept. 19, 2021
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is helped off the field with a rib injury along with head coach Brian Flores (right) during a game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Dolphins went for it on fourth-and-2 from near midfield, Epenesa was completely unblocked as Tagovailoa dropped back and drove Miami's quarterback to the turf as he threw.