Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa diagnosed with concussion, flies back to Miami after being released from hospital

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa underwent further testing Friday and remained within the concussion protocol a day after hitting his head in opposition to the turf throughout a sport, a daunting second that has sparked controversy about how the league handles potential head accidents.

Tagovailoa had a headache Thursday night time and Friday morning, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel mentioned. The staff was ready nonetheless for outcomes from the MRI, which McDaniel mentioned was finished out of “extra precaution” on prime of the CT scans and X-rays taken the night time earlier than.

McDaniel mentioned he had no timetable on when Tagovailoa may have the option to return.

“I’m not even really thinking about timetables or anything regarding him as a player right now,” McDaniel mentioned. “It’s all about Tua the person.”

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Medical employees have a tendency to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins after an harm throughout a sport in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on Sept. 29, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Tagovailoa was sacked by Bengals defensive sort out Josh Topou late within the first half Thursday. On the play, he spun awkwardly and was thrown to the turf. While on the bottom, Tagovailoa appeared to show the fencing response, with his fingers frozen in entrance of his face.

He remained down for greater than seven minutes earlier than being loaded onto a backboard and stretchered off the sphere. He was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for analysis.

The Dolphins later mentioned he was aware and had motion in all of his extremities. He was discharged Thursday night time and flew back to Miami with the staff.

McDaniel mentioned Tagovailoa was interacting with teammates on the flight house. He sat subsequent to McDaniel and talked to him in regards to the sport.

“His personality was normal Tua,” McDaniel added.

It was unclear what’s subsequent for Tagovailoa, whose breakout season has been interrupted by a scary harm two weeks after he threw a career-high six touchdowns in Week 2 in opposition to Baltimore.

Last Sunday in opposition to Buffalo, Tagovailoa took successful from Bills linebacker Matt Milano late within the first half and appeared to hit his head on the turf. He stumbled when he received up and was instantly taken to the locker room, the place he was evaluated for a concussion. He returned to the sport firstly of the third quarter and was not within the concussion protocol the next week, regardless of questions on why he was allowed to return to the sport in any respect.

The Sunday incident prompted the NFL and National Football League Players Association to collectively assessment the extent of his accidents and if the Dolphins adopted correct concussion protocol that day.  

“Ninety-nine point nine percent of the time that player is ruled out of the game without even thinking,” CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation Chris Nowinski instructed “CBS Mornings” co-host Nate Burleson. 

Nowinski, a neuroscientist, mentioned that the Dolphins put Tagovailoa’s life at risk and failed to defend him. 

“This is a failure by everybody. This is a failure by the medical team. This is a failure by the independent medical team on Sunday. This is a failure by the coaching staff. The problem is all these failures, none of them are going to be punished. The person who is punished here is Tua,” Nowinski mentioned. 

The outcomes of the joint investigation between the NFL and the NFLPA haven’t but been released, however Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel is adamant that the Dolphins adopted correct protocols final Sunday. 

“If there’s any sort of inclination that someone has a concussion, they go into concussion protocol, and it’s very strict. As long as I’m the head coach that will never be an issue that you guys have to worry about,” McDaniel mentioned.  

McDaniel reiterated Friday that Tagovailoa was cleared by a number of layers of medical professionals throughout that sport and mentioned he didn’t have a head harm.

“My job as a coach is here for the players. I take that very serious,” McDaniel mentioned. “And no one else in the building strays from that.”

He added: “There was no medical indication from all resources that there was anything regarding the head. If there would have been, of course, I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I prematurely put someone out there.”

Reaction Thursday got here swiftly from across the NFL. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Broncos QB Russell Wilson promptly tweeted with concern for Tagovailoa’s well-being.

“Praying for you Tua,” Wilson wrote.

The NFL Players Association tweeted: “Player health and safety is at the core of the union’s mission. Our concern tonight is for Tua and we hope for a full and speedy recovery. Our investigation into the potential protocol violation is ongoing.”

Some criticized the choice to play Tagovailoa so quickly after his accidents in Sunday’s sport.

Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe tweeted: “That’s a serious injury . Tua shouldn’t have been out there with Sunday Thursday turn around. Sometimes players need protecting from themselves. Dolphins failed Tua.”

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