Tua Tagovailoa will be ready to join his new Miami Dolphins team-mates when practice begins in two weeks after passing his physical.
The former Alabama quarterback was selected fifth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, sliding down the board somewhat after dislocating his hip against Mississippi State in November.
Tagovailoa underwent successful surgery following that injury and has been building towards a return to fitness ahead of the new season.
And Dolphins coach Brian Flores confirmed on Wednesday that the 22-year-old was not on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
“He’s not on PUP,” Flores told reporters. “There’s an acclimation period here for the next two weeks. There’s strength and conditioning and some walkthroughs.
“There will be [strenuous activity] from a strength and conditioning standpoint, but from a football, practice, drills standpoint, there won’t be much.
“But he’s through the physical. And when we do get to practice, you’ll see him out there.”
Thank you to @MiamiDolphins for making this dream come true for me and my family. It’s in my heart to give back to the communities that have raised me. Plans are underway to start charitable outreach efforts in Hawaii, Alabama and Miami. Stay tuned, stay safe. Go fins! Blessed! https://t.co/KGyvGr6xNX