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Report: Tua Tagovailoa will return next Sunday vs. the Steelers

With Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater both out with head injuries, Mike Florio and Chris Simms evaluate why smaller QBs must be able to avoid big hits and how the Dolphins match up against the Vikings.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will soon be back in action.

Per multiple reports, Tua has been cleared to return to action next week, against the Steelers. The game will be played in prime-time, on NBC.

Adam Schefter of reports that Tua received four outside opinions. He was unanimously cleared from the concussion protocol. All agreed that scans of his brain showed no signs of long-term impact.

Of course, Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy can’t be detected in brain scans, or through any test performed on a still-living patient. That’s the unknown aspect of the question of whether and to what extent Tua suffered lasting damage as a result of the concussion he suffered on September 29, and the one he may have suffered on September 25.

Regardless, there’s apparently no risk of second impact syndrome, if he suffers another concussion when he faces the Steelers in Week Seven.

Although he’s officially cleared to return now, the Dolphins will hold him out until next Sunday.