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Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa leaves Bills game on cart after big hit, replaced by Jacoby Brissett

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills in the first quarter with a rib injury.

The injury appeared to take place when the Dolphins went for it on fourth-and-2 near midfield on their second possession. Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa put a big hit on Tagovailoa as he released an incomplete pass. 

Tagovailoa needed help off the field and eventually left for the locker room on a cart. The Dolphins later announced that he suffered a rib injury and was questionable to return. Jacoby Brissett took over at quarterback for the Dolphins' next drive with Miami trailing 14-0 after Buffalo scored touchdowns on its first two possessions.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Tagovailoa suffered bruised ribs and that X-Rays didn't show any fractures. An MRI on Monday didn't reveal any further issues. 

Brissett played the rest of a scoreless game for the Dolphins, who lost to the Bills, 35-0.

Brissett finished the game completing 24 of 40 pass attempts for 169 yards with an interception. The Bills outgained a hapless Dolphins offense, 314 yards to 216 while forcing three turnovers. It was a harsh return to reality for the Dolphins, who were the only AFC East team to win in Week 1 after beating the New England Patriots. 

Tagovailoa's long-term prognosis wasn't immediately clear. What is clear is that the Dolphins need him back if they're going to have any chance to compete. 

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa looks to throw against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Tua Tagovailoa left Sunday's game with a rib injury. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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