Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa won't participate in Pro Bowl, but is ‘doing great'

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is in line for the Pro Bowl but remains in protocol and will not participate in those activities, a league source confirmed Friday.

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Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa with coach Mike McDaniel.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa with coach Mike McDaniel.

Tagovailoa was selected as the first alternate for the Pro Bowl and therefore eligible because either Patrick Mahomes or Joe Burrow will be in the Super Bowl. Mahomes’ Chiefs play Burrow’s Bengals in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Tagovailoa suffered a concussion on Christmas against Green Bay and is progressing through concussion protocol, but not to the extent that he’ll be part of the revamped Pro Bowl activities.

The Dolphins will learn early next week if any other Pro Bowl alternates will be elevated.

Meanwhile, Tagovailoa’s father, Galu, told Hawaii’s KHON-TV this week that his son is “doing great” and wants to continue playing for the Dolphins.

“He comes back,” Galu said. “That’s their guy. They love him. We love them and what they’re doing and how they’re helping him with his recovery and everything else, trying to get him back.

“He’s still going through his protocol but we’re grateful for them too. Very thankful for the organization, the owner, (GM Chris) Grier and head coach Mike (McDaniel). That guy is special, a very special head coach."

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This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa will sit out Pro Bowl, still in protocol