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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a huge gash on his right arm during the first-ever Black Friday game and ruined the brand new tattoo he acquired in the offseason. The tough NFL star went on to lead the team to a Week 12 road win over the New York Jets despite the missing chunk of skin.
Tagovailoa, 25, suffered the cut early in the first quarter and did not miss any snaps as he received medical care. The Dolphins QB needed nothing but an arm wrap to stay on the field.
It's unclear on which play the gash occurred, but Tagovailoa has clearly been through a lot more adverse circumstances on the field.
In fact, last season he suffered two concussions, which led to him focusing on getting stronger in the offseason and practicing jiu-jitsu to learn how to fall properly.
What Tua Taovailoa's arm-sleeve tattoo means
Tagovailoa went through a physical transformation in the offseason, but a lot of his growth was also mental. The new arm-sleeve tattoo is evidence of just that, though he'll need to touch it up after Friday's win.
"It's something that falls off a piece that I had earlier this year," Tagovailoa said of his tattoo during training camp. "It's a piece that represents my first child. There's a lot of things that go on behind it, a lot of cultural significance, a lot of things that has to do with protection, guidance, sort of things like that that we believe in the Samoan culture, so that's what it is.
"And then we implemented this piece (on the left wrist) that I already had with this, so it's almost like when you pray you take it off. It kind of has the sense of you're taking part of the tribal out of this side."