Tua Tagovailoa’s Trainer Says the Dolphins QB Was Only “60 Percent Healthy” During His Rookie Season

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SJ - June 3, 2021

Tua Tagovailoa saw plenty of action in his rookie season despite suffering a major hip injury in November of 2019.  He didn't exactly light things up.

There was a good reason for that according to his trainer Nick Hickes.  He said Tua was only "60 percent healthy" during his rookie season.

From Dolphins Wire:

“If your lower body is weak, and it’s not explosive and you feel asymmetry, throwing a football is not going to be pretty because throwing a football starts from the ground up,” Hickes said. “From the feet to the hip to the trunk to the shoulder to the hand. It’s a kinetic chain. … Our goal was to eliminate that this off-season and build him into this strong, bulletproof athlete that can withstand the 17-game season.”

Tua's got a lot to prove this season.  Prior to all of Deshaun Watson's legal issues the Dolphins were reportedly interested in trading for him.

Another year at 60 percent and Miami could send him packing.

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