Tua Tagovailoa now has a role to match his jersey number. He's the Miami Dolphins' No. 1 quarterback.
The former Alabama star will make his first NFL start next week for the Miami Dolphins, who are turning to him to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The change by coach Brian Flores will come after the Dolphins' bye this week and has been long anticipated, but the timing is surprising because the team won its past two games to improve to 3-3. Tagovailoa will start at home against the Rams on Nov. 1.
Tagovailoa made his pro debut in mop-up duty at the end of Miami's 24-0 victory Sunday over the Jets.
Fitzpatrick, 37, described himself during training camp as a placeholder. He is being benched even though he ranks fifth in the NFL in completion percentage, and the Dolphins are on pace for their highest-scoring season since 1986 at 26.7 points per game.
Eight new positive tests
The NFL and the Players Association say there were eight new confirmed positive tests among players and 11 new confirmed positives among other personnel in the latest round of testing for the coronavirus.
• The Bears signed former Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Teo to their practice squad.
A 2012 Heisman Trophy finalist also known for his internet relationship with a person falsely posing as a woman stricken with leukemia, Teo has made 48 starts and 62 appearances over seven seasons with the then-San Diego Chargers (2013-16) and New Orleans Saints (2017-19).
• The Rams signed veteran kicker Kai Forbath from the Bears' practice squad after a rocky start to the season for rookie Samuel Sloman.
• Two days after scoring a game-winning touchdown in the final minutes, Giants rookie linebacker Tae Crowder was placed on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury.
• The Saints will start having fans in the stands for home games after the mayor agreed with the team on a phased plan starting Sunday against Carolina. The plan announced Tuesday will start with 3,000 tickets for Sunday's game, increasing to 6,000 fans for November games with San Francisco and Atlanta and up to 15,000 in December for games against Kansas City and Minnesota barring any changes in local health and safety guidelines.
• California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates. San Francisco and neighboring Alameda and Santa Clara are the only counties that meet the threshold for pro sports. However, health officials in Santa Clara, home to the 49ers, issued a statement saying they weren't prepared to allow even a limited number of fans into Levi's Stadium.