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Tua Tagovailoa plays through rough injury in Black Friday game

NFL quarterback Tua Tagovailoa led the Miami Dolphins to victory on Friday despite having a chunk ripped out of his right arm.

According to Sports Illustrated, the injury was shown on live television during the first quarter. The cameras panned to the 25-year-old Tagovailoa while he jogged to the sideline, revealing a huge piece of flesh was missing from his arm.

Tagovailoa apparently did not notice the injury immediately.

“I didn’t notice it happen until I came to the sideline,” Tagovailoa said, according to NBC Sports. “That’s probably due to adrenaline. But, getting to the sideline and one of the guys came up to me and said, ‘Dude, you’ve got a big gash on your arm.’ So we got Kyle [Johnston] to try to get it cleaned up and then patch it up so we could go back in . . . . But, it’s what comes with the game. Everyone comes out of the game with nicks and bruises.”

Thankfully, the injury was to Tagvoailoa’s non-throwing arm. The Dolphins went on to beat the New York Jets 34–13, with Tagovailoa throwing 243 yards and one touchdown pass.

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