When the NFL 2020 schedule was released, many SEC football fans circled Dec. 6 in hopes of another round of Tua Tagovailoa vs. Joe Burrow. Unfortunately, Sunday’s Miami-Cincinnati game won’t feature a Round 3 of the former SEC West rivals.

Burrow suffered a season-ending last month. Tagovailoa told reporters that he reached out to the former LSU quarterback.

“Yeah, when I heard about Joe’s injury, I reached out to him. Injuries like that, they’re never fun. You never wish that on anybody,” Tagovailoa said this week, per Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“I got to reach out to him, and I know he’d love to be able to go out there and compete against us. But that’s tough. I sent him my prayers and wished him the best as well.”

The Bengals released a statement Thursday saying Burrow had successful surgery:

“Joe Burrow underwent successful surgery yesterday. The procedure went as planned and he is expected to make a complete recovery. Joe will begin the recovery process and we look forward to his return.”

Tagovailoa, of course, knows all about season-ending injuries and rehab. The former Alabama standout is dealing with an injury of his own, too, though this one isn’t nearly as severe.

In Week 12, the Dolphins turned to former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick as Tagovailoa was sidelined by a thumb injury. As of Friday, Tagovailoa was still listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bengals.