The Dolphins placed quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on injured reserve Saturday, meaning the 2020 first-round pick will miss at least three games as he recovers from his fractured ribs.

Tagovailoa hasn't had much good fortune since Miami selected him, and this setback comes at an inopportune time, with ownership mulling an acquisition of Texans' embattled franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson and Tagovailoa's durability and future in South Florida already a subject of conservable debate. Head coach Brian Flores has made it clear to those around him how much he prizes availability at the quarterback position (and prefers bigger, strapping pocket passers all things considered), spending his time as an assistant in New England around Hall of Famer Tom Brady.

Numerous personnel men and coaches around the league have heard, dating back to last season, that Flores would have preferred to select Justin Herbert over Tagovailoa...