The Miami Dolphins were at the center of much controversy in recent weeks with regards to the well-being of franchise quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Amid louder calls from fans and pundits for teams and the NFL to protect their players, Mike McDaniel and the Dolphins have already ruled out Tagovailoa ahead of their Week 5 clash against the New York Jets.

However, it seems as if the Dolphins’ decision to not allow the 24-year old QB to suit up was not influenced by “outside optics”. The Dolphins, perhaps, have learned their lesson and are now playing the long game with Tagovailoa, who will now be given ample time to recuperate.

According to David Furones, beat reporter for Sun Sentinel, McDaniel and the Dolphins organization are placing Tagovailoa’s recovery as their number one priority.