Flores on injuries to Tua, Gaskin and Ahmed plus more on the NFL’s COVID-19 crisis
Messages and notes from Brian Flores' press conference the day after:
▪ Flores was less confident on Monday that Tua Tagovailoa will play next week (against Cincinnati) than he did when he met reporters after beating the Jets on Sunday.
"We'll see how it goes," said Flores. "Obviously he was restricted on Friday and he's being [treated], he's rehabilitating. He's going to take it day at a time. I don't even want to move on to training on Wednesday."
Tagovailoa missed Sunday's game with a thumb injury on his (left) throwing hand. NFL Network reported the thumb was swollen and weak and it could miss several games. However, CBS reported that he threw in the tunnel before Sunday's game.
Flores had similar responses to health questions from Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed, who were both inactive on Sunday due to knee and shoulder injuries, respectively.
About Gaskin, who remains in the injured reserve despite training last week: “Myles is a productive player for us who plays the ball, protection and kicking. He is productive, he helps us. He's doing everything possible to get back as soon as possible ... We just take it one day at a time and see how he feels as the week goes on. "
To Ahmed: "He's making progress. Another young player who is doing everything he can to get out of there. ... Hopefully we get him to practice this week and see how it goes all week."
There was no update for recipient Malcolm Perry, the one dolphin who left Sunday's game with an injury and was not returning. Perry has a chest injury.
▪ On behalf of the Dolphins, veteran quarterback Jake Rudock began the process required by the NFL on Friday to conduct five COVID-19 tests over five days. When these tests are completed, the dolphins will decide whether to add him to their exercise group or, less likely, to the active list.
When asked if the team is considering signing Rudock and quarantining him or Sinnett for the remainder of the season to use in the event of a COVID emergency, Flores said, "I don't foresee anything like this, but we will always try to stay one step ahead. "
Flores said he and General Manager Chris Grier would “want to distance quarterbacks as much as possible. The intensive protocol helps a lot. "
Rudock started the season on the Miami training team, where he had spent the entire previous season. It was later cut, but has since visited the Dolphins three times. Flores said "visits" really mean the start of five days of COVID testing.
▪ The Dolphins are likely to win three, if not two, if you secure a place in the playoffs. Don't expect any postseason talks from Flores, however. He is the ultimate coach for a day and was dismayed when the topic came up multiple times on Monday.
"You can't get where you want to go without dealing with what lies ahead," said Flores. “Maybe other people can. That has not been the case with me in my life. You don't just jump to graduation. It doesn't just happen. You have to deal with what is ahead of you. ...
"My deal with coaches and players in this league is that they try to deal with what lies ahead of them. That's my experience. It's just me. ... We'll just focus on that next week. Have a big one Game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It's a season of one game. That's the approach we're going to take. "
▪ On the Ravens, who may have to play the Steelers on Tuesday even though they did not train all week due to COVID-19:
“I think these are very different times than any of us. The league does a good job of working with the teams and playing games. We all have to be flexible. We all have to adapt. At the same time, we want to protect the players, the coaches and everyone in the building.
“To play without practice I would say it would be difficult. There is no doubt about that. Every team has core concepts, core tasks that it can perform. I would like to believe our team could do that. If that were the circumstances, we would have to deal with them. We can only control the things we have control over. In this situation we would do our best. That's all you can do "
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