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Former Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa will be available for Dolphins in its season opener versus the Patriots

Tua Tagovailoa stretching at 2020 Dolphins' training camp
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He was named the backup quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, but it is just good to see him play again after all he has been through.

When he suffered a dislocated right hip versus Mississippi State in 2019, many thought it would be a miracle for Tua Tagovailoa to walk again — let alone play football. The former University of Alabama standout missed the remainder of the season to have surgery and proceeded through a grueling rehab. Despite the stress, he aced every physical report and was selected at No. 5 overall by the Dolphins in April.

He was strong through training camp and regardless of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s experience, he knows Tagovailoa is the future of the franchise.

It has been roughly 10 months since the injury; however, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on the native Hawaiian being ‘ready’ and ‘available’ for the Dolphins in its season opener on Sunday versus the New England Patriots.

Tagovailoa was a full participant in practice this week.

He kept a positive spirit about him, and Crimson Tide fans will see him take the field for his first NFL game.

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This is huge for Tagovailoa.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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