Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa in concussion protocol, no timeline for return

MIAMI – Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa underwent extra testing Friday and remained in the concussion protocol a day after hitting his head in opposition to the turf.

Tagovailoa had a headache Thursday evening and Friday morning, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel mentioned. 

The crew was ready 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 evening earlier than.

McDaniel mentioned he had no timetable on when Tagovailoa may be capable 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.”

Tagovailoa was sacked by Bengals defensive sort out Josh Topou late in the primary 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, along 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 the 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 evening and flew again to Miami with the crew.

McDaniel mentioned Tagovailoa was interacting with teammates on the flight dwelling. 

He sat subsequent to McDaniel and talked to him in regards to the recreation.

“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.

It is one other impediment in what has been an up-and-down NFL career for the previous Alabama quarterback.

The Dolphins, amid a rebuild in 2020, drafted Tagovailoa No. 1 total to be a franchise-altering piece following a school career that included a 2018 nationwide championship.

But when that did not occur as shortly as Miami anticipated, questions arose on whether or not to stay with the younger quarterback or go in one other route.

Tagovailoa appeared to be answering these questions by way of the primary three weeks of the season, effectively using the weapons that Miami surrounded him with in the course of the offseason, together with star receiver Tyreek Hill, to guide the Dolphins to a 3-0 report heading into Thursday’s recreation.

Including his 110 passing yards earlier than leaving the sport, Tagovailoa is second in the league in passing yards (1,035) and he has thrown 10 touchdowns with three interceptions.

Tagovailoa handled accidents at numerous factors in his career, together with a dislocated proper hip in 2019 as Alabama’s beginning quarterback.

Last Sunday in opposition to Buffalo, Tagovailoa took successful from Bills linebacker Matt Milano late in the primary half and appeared to hit his head on the turf. 

He stumbled when he acquired up and was instantly taken to the locker room, the place he was evaluated for a concussion.

He returned to the sport in the beginning of the third quarter and was not in the concussion protocol the next week, regardless of questions on why he was allowed to return to the sport in any respect.

McDaniel reiterated Friday that Tagovailoa was cleared by a number of layers of medical professionals throughout that recreation 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.”

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