It started out as a normal play during Thursday night’s football game against the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. With only about five minutes to go until halftime, the Dolphins quarterbackhe was looking to make a game-changing move when he was fired and thrown to the ground.
Quarterbacks are often knocked down by players on the opposing team, but they almost always get up; Tagovailoa did not.
Instead, he lay on the ground in visible pain with his fingers clenched in front of his helmet. His teammates and coaches surrounded him as they stabilized him on a stretcher and carried him off the field. For seven minutes, players, fans at Paycor Stadium and millions of people across the country watched in horror.
The 24-year-old was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further evaluation after sustaining head and neck injuries. It was later announced that Tagovailoa was conscious and had movement in all of his limbs.
The game continued after Tagovailoa was carried off the field, but it no longer mattered who won; instead, questions about why Tagovailoa was allowed to play in Thursday’s game took over social media.
Tagovailoa was suffering from back pain and was listed as questionable for most of the week before the game after he was hurt during Sunday’s 21-19 win over the Buffalo Bills.
While the quarterback said it was a back injury, he was seen shaking his head and immediately tripped on the ground before being caught by a teammate.
He returned in the second half that Sunday after the Dolphins said he passed concussion protocol.
Last Sunday’s incident prompted the NFL and the National Football League Players Association to jointly review the extent of his injuries and whether the Dolphins followed proper concussion protocol last Sunday.
“Ninety-nine point nine percent of the time that player is written out of the game without even thinking about it,” Concussion Legacy Foundation executive director Chris Nowinski told “CBS Mornings” co-host Nate Burleson.
Nowinski, a neuroscientist, said the Dolphins put Tagovailoa’s life in danger and failed to protect him.
“This is a failure of everyone. This is a failure of the medical team. This is a failure of the independent medical team on Sunday. This is a failure of the coaching staff. The problem is all these failures, none of them go.” be punished. The person who is punished here is Tua,” Nowinski said.
The results of the joint investigation between the NFL and the NFLPA have not yet been released, but Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel insists the Dolphins followed proper protocols last Sunday.
“If there’s any kind 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’s never going to be an issue that they have to worry about,” McDaniel said. . .