Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa underwent additional tests on Friday and remained on concussion protocol after hitting his head on turf during the game.about how the league handles potential head injuries.
Tagovailoa had a headache Thursday night and Friday morning, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said. In addition, it said it was done as a “special precaution”.
McDaniel said there is no timetable for when Tagovailoa can return.
“I’m not thinking about his timetable as a player or anything like that right now,” McDaniel said. “It all comes down to Tua the Person.”
Tagovailoa murmured Friday night statement thanking fans for their support.
“While it was hard not being able to finish the game and be with my teammates, I am grateful for the support and care I received from the Dolphins, friends, family and everyone who reached out. I do,” he said. “I feel much better and focused on my recovery so I can get back on the field with my teammates.”
Tagovailoa was sacked by Bengals defensive tackle Josh Topou late in the first half on Thursday. He spun awkwardly on play and was thrown onto the grass. While on the ground, Tagovailoa seemed to display a fencing reaction with his fingers frozen in front of his face.
He remained down for over seven minutes before being loaded onto the backboard and stretched off the field. He was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for evaluation.
The Dolphins later said he was conscious and had movement in all four limbs.
McDaniel said Tagovailoa was interacting with his teammates on the flight home. He sat next to McDaniel and talked about the game.
“His character was a regular Tua,” added McDaniel.
Two weeks after scoring a career-high six touchdowns against Baltimore in Week 2, Tagovailoa’s next move is unknown after a horrific injury halted his breakout season.
Last Sunday against Buffalo, Tagovailoa was hit by Bills linebacker Matt Milano late in the first half and appeared to hit his head on the turf. He stumbled when he got up and was immediately taken to the locker room, where he was evaluated for concussion. He returned to the game at the start of the third quarter, and despite questions as to why he was allowed to return to the game, the following week he was not on concussion protocol.
Sunday’s incident prompted the NFL and the National Football League Players Association to jointly review the extent of his injury and whether the Dolphins followed proper concussion protocol for the day.
“99.9% of the time, players are kicked out of the game without even thinking about it,” said Chris Nowinski, CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation.CBS MorningCo-host Nate Burleson.
Neuroscientist Nowinski said the dolphins endangered Tagovailoa’s life and failed to protect him.
“This is everyone’s failure. This is the medical team’s failure. This is Sunday’s independent medical team’s failure. This is the coaching staff’s failure. The problem is all these failures and none of them work. Here. Tua will be punished,” Nowinski said.
The results of a joint NFL-NFLPA investigation have not yet been released, but Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel has affirmed that the Dolphins followed proper protocol last Sunday.
“If someone is prone to concussions, they go into concussion protocol.
NFLPA Tweeted Thursday night: “The health and safety of our players is at the heart of our union’s mission. Tonight’s concern is for Tua and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. An investigation into a possible protocol violation is ongoing.”
McDaniel reiterated Friday that Tagovailoa was cleared by several layers of medical professionals during that match and said he suffered no head injuries.
“My job as a coach is here for the players, and I take it very seriously,” McDaniel said. “And no one else in the building has deviated from it.”
He added: “From all resources there was no medical indication that there was anything with the head. Of course, if there was, it would have been better to have someone there prematurely.” , I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself.”
Thursday’s reaction was swift from around the NFL. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson were quick to tweet out their concerns about Tagovailoa’s well-being.
“Praying for Tua,” Wilson wrote.
Some criticized the decision to face Tagovailoa shortly after suffering an injury in Sunday’s game.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh called the situation “amazing.”
“What I saw last night was unbelievable,” Harbaugh told reporters on Friday. “I couldn’t believe what I saw last Sunday. It was just amazing. I’ve been coaching him for 40 years… I’ve never seen anything like it before. was.”
Hall of Famer Shannon Sharp tweeted.