Dolphins QB Skylar Thompson to start wild-card game against Bills

MIAMI — Rookie Skylar Thompson will officially make his third career start for the Miami Dolphins in Sunday’s playoff game against the Buffalo Bills.

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel confirmed the news at his press conference on Friday, adding that veteran Teddy Bridgewater had worked tirelessly to make himself available in a backup role on Sunday.

Starter Tua Tagovailoa remains in concussion protocol after suffering his second concussion of the season in the game against the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 25. Bridgewater dislocated the little finger on his throwing hand the following week, clearing the way for Thompson to start the team’s regular season finale against the New York Jets ahead of Sunday’s game against the Bills.

“Obviously it’s one of my goals to be a starter and to be in those kinds of situations,” Thompson said. “You never know exactly what it’s going to be like, and the way things have gone this year where I had the opportunity to play a bit and have an opportunity like this this weekend, it’s crazy.

“But I’m very, very excited for it. It’s what I’ve been working for for a very long time. So it’s time to soak it up, have fun with it and do my best to help this team win. “

The Dolphins selected Thompson in the seventh round of this year’s draft from Kansas State. He made six appearances during the regular season, more than half of them as midgame relief for an injured starter.

Miami and Buffalo split their regular-season streak, each winning at home. The Dolphins rushed for 188 yards against the Bills in Week 15, but running back Jeff Wilson Jr. says he doesn’t think they necessarily need to implement a heavyweight script just because of their current situation. quarterback.

“The way Skylar develops and learns plays and becomes more comfortable playing the quarterback position in our offense, I feel like we don’t have to change all of those things,” said Wilson said. “We just have to play good complementary football… the run has to help the pass, the pass has to help the run, and that’s how we win the game.”

McDaniel did not update the statuses of OT Terron Armstead or RB Raheem Mostert, neither of whom practiced Wednesday or Thursday. Their availability will likely depend on a game time decision.

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