Tua Tagovailoa’s parents say he will play again next season

After a report indicated that Tua Tagovailoa will miss next week’s Pro Bowl because he is still on the league’s concussion protocol, the parents of the former University of Alabama quarterback told a Honolulu television reporter that they had no doubt that he will play again next season.

Talking to Rob DeMello of KHON2 in HawaiiDiane and Galu Tagovailoa thanked their son’s supporters for their well wishes during a difficult season that included at least two confirmed concussions.

When asked if the third-year signal caller would be back on the field in Miami next fall, both parents were quick to reply:

“Oh, he’s coming back,” said Galu.

She jumped in too quickly to confirm, “Yes, he’s coming back. That’s her type. I mean they love him. We love them and what they do and how [they are] They’re helping him with his recovery and everything else, you know, trying to get him back, still going over his log, but we’re grateful to them too. Very grateful to Miami, the organization, the owner, GM and head coach Mike [McDaniel], I mean, the guy is special. A very special head coach.”

Tagovailoa is still recovering from an injury that appears to have occurred when his head hit the ground during Miami’s Week 16 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The 24-year-old has been in the league record since December 26.

It has led some to speculate about Tagovailoa’s future status, although general manager Chris Grier has confirmed the team will remain committed to him as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback next season.

He also said the team had no reason to believe Tagovailoa would be more prone to concussions going forward.

Tagovailoa’s parents, who relocated to Alabama from Hawaii while he was playing for the Crimson Tide, said the quarterback didn’t suffer a setback during his recovery.

“He’s great. He’s fine. He’s really happy and that’s the most important thing, isn’t it?” said Galu Tagovailoa. “As parents, you like to see your kids with a smile on their faces when you go to their house and they are at home but he is doing great. We thank you all for everything and the support. Hawaii, Samoa, in New Zealand, worldwide, those of you who have supported our son and us and our family, thank you. Thank you.”

In 13 games this season, Tagovailoa was 259-to-400 for 3,548 passing yards, with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. That was enough to help him get named first alternate for the Pro Bowl and should replace either Joe Burrow or Patrick Mahomes, one of whom will be busy preparing to play in the Super Bowl.