Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returned to South Florida with his team on Thursday night after suffering a head and neck injury during a game in Cincinnati.
Tagovailoa, who suffered a concussion during the game after being thrown to the ground by a Bengals defender, wore a neck brace after the game and underwent an MRI of his neck the next day or so.
Tagovailoa participates in the NFL’s concussion protocol program and must pass a series of benchmarks before being allowed to play.
The time it takes for a player to be allowed to return after a concussion varies considerably. Some players only need him for a week. Others take considerably longer.
The Dolphins’ next four games will be in Minnesota and Pittsburgh, home to the Jets and Detroit.
The Dolphins have another concussion protocol player — tight end Sesan Carter — who has missed three games so far.
In the second quarter of Thursday’s 27-15 loss to the Bengals, Tagovailoa was sacked by defensive tackle Josh Tupou and lay motionless for several minutes before being carried out on a stretcher after hitting his head on the turf.
The Dolphins quickly ruled him out for the rest of the game with head and neck injuries, but said he was conscious and had movement in his extremities. He was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, about four miles north of Peycoe Stadium. He was released from the hospital hours later.
Speaking with Tagovailoa on the field, coach Mike McDaniel said the quarterback is “trying to figure out what’s going on.” McDaniel said it was clear Tagovailoa had a concussion and asked about the circumstances under which he was injured.
“What I was worried about was that plus other things,” McDaniel said. “Of course I was very worried about his head.
Tagovailoa’s injury caused a stir on social media, with doctors, fans and players questioning the decision to allow him to play the second half against Buffalo. Concussion symptoms when he fell hard against the Bills. Tagovailoa and the team said he suffered a back injury – not a head injury.
Asked if he was 100% sure Tagovailoa did not suffer a head injury against Buffalo, McDaniel said yes.
In retrospect, when asked if he had done anything different with Tagovailoa, McDaniel said: If so, that would be irresponsible in the first place and I shouldn’t be in this position.
“I don’t think the injury will last. [Sunday] beat him the same way [Thursday]I have absolutely no patience for putting players in dangerous situations. That’s not what I’m thinking. Soccer The outcome of a match never affects the head of his team being irresponsible as his coach.
“For my part, as long as I’m coaching here, I’m not going to cheat on that whole situation. If someone is prone to concussions, they go into concussion protocol, which is very strict.” It won’t change, it won’t get lost, we won’t mess it up, we’ll never have it, as long as I’m the head coach, it won’t be a problem you guys need to worry about .”
Nonetheless, the NFL Players Union has launched an investigation into whether procedures were properly followed when Tagovailoa was cleared during a Bills game.
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, sent a text message to Amazon Studios analysts Andrew Whitworth (former NFL offensive lineman) and Richard Sherman (member of the NFLPA Executive Committee). scenario. We will pursue all legal options, including referring doctors to licensing agencies and teams that have a duty to keep players safe. ”
Amazon reported it on their post-match show.
This story was originally published September 30, 2022 at 9:25 am.