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Jets union rep Solomon Thomas responds to Tua Tagovailoa injury

Solomon Thomas is Stanford-educated and routinely works his brain out. Standing within the Jets’ locker room following apply Friday, he listed off every part from consuming proper to taking nutritional vitamins to brain coaching to spending time within the hyperbaric chamber — all to assist fight the life-altering threat he takes stepping onto a soccer discipline each Sunday. But if the worst occurs, if Thomas or every other participant finds himself within the state of affairs during which Tua Tagovailoa discovered himself this week, he will probably be on the mercy of a protocol that publicly and dramatically failed the Dolphins quarterback. 

NFLPA president J.C. Tretter launched an announcement Friday afternoon calling for accountability within the wake of Tagovailoa being allowed to play Thursday night time. Tagovailoa suffered what possible was a second critical head injury in a five-day span after his head hit the bottom following a sack and he was taken to the hospital. Against the Bills final Sunday, Tagovailoa was controversially allowed to return to the sport after showing to undergo a head injury and collapsing on the sphere. The Dolphins later stated that was due to a again injury. Thomas, one of many Jets’ alternate NFLPA representatives, stood behind Tretter’s assertion. 

Solomon Thomas is without doubt one of the Jets’ alternate participant representatives.
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Tua Tagovailoa was taken off the field in a stretcher on Thursday night after suffering a concussion.
Tua Tagovailoa was taken off the sphere in a stretcher on Thursday night time after struggling a concussion.
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“There’s no space for mistakes when it comes to concussions, where it comes to our overall health,” Thomas informed The Post. “No-go symptom, there’s no cause after seeing what I noticed on Sunday, what I noticed replays of the play, there’s no cause he ought to’ve been allowed again within the recreation on Sunday. There’s no cause he ought to’ve been enjoying within the recreation Thursday night time. 

“It’s devastating to see that happen to a player, a fellow NFL player, fellow co-worker. We risk our lives and I mean that literally. We lose years off our lives playing this game. We risk brain injury, we risk high-risk dementia.” 

Like everybody else within the NFL, Thomas understands the dangers and may settle for that it’s a part of what he signed up for when he selected to play soccer professionally. But in his thoughts, that doesn’t excuse a concussion protocol that he stated isn’t adequate. 

“The doctor does some eye tracking and then you gotta answer some questions,” Thomas stated. “Until we get to the place we will take checks and see the place the brain’s at, ranges are at, trauma’s at, there’s probably not a lot else we will accomplish that it’s onerous to say there wants to be a greater protocol. 

“[But] there does need to be a better protocol, because answering four questions and looking at four questions is not enough. And then answering questions on an iPad on a daily basis of the level of your symptoms is not enough. But there does need to be something better. Until we get to a place to where we get to where we can literally track it and see the levels and see the trauma, we need to fight and research for better testing.” 

Tagovailoa’s second injury occurred throughout a main time recreation, with a lot of the league tuned in. It has been a subject of dialog within the Jets’ locker room as they put together to face the Steelers on Sunday. 

“We’re athletes, we’re gladiators, whatever, at the end of the day, we’re all human beings,” Thomas stated. “And we see someone going through the same grind as us, risking his life like we all are and we see him in pain like that, in a situation like that, it’s unacceptable. At the end of the day, we’re upset.”

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