The Miami Dolphins have received a lot of criticism since Tua Tagovailoa suffered head and neck injuries on Thursday. Many observers suggest Thursday’s injuries were related to Sunday’s hit that sent the quarterback staggering to the turf.
Head coach Mike McDaniel defended his handling of injuries after the game.
On Friday he confided that the incidents on Sunday and Thursday were “unrelated eventsin an emotional encounter with the media.
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“I get the optics. I get exactly what it looks like…” McDaniel told reporters Friday. via the Miami Herald. “[But] I can exude 100 percent conviction that every person in this building got the process 100 percent right.”
McDaniel again said that Tagovailoa did not suffer a head injury on Sunday.
“The whole process of what happens in the Bills game is that he was immediately evaluated for the head injury,” McDaniel said. “That’s what we brought him in for and he was cleared by several layers of medical professionals. I don’t pretend to be one. The meeting of them cleared him of any head injury. He had a back and ankle problem. In terms of deciding whether he plays or not with a guy at a thursday night game i’m worried about his lower back and ankle and putting them in jeopardy i have 100% conviction in our process…
“There was absolutely no sign [of a head injury after the Buffalo game]. She did not have any symptoms of a head injury.”
McDaniel said Thursday that if Tagovailoa had suffered a head injury, the team would have reported it as such. The team reported a back injury. Tagovailoa said he hyperextended his back and fell to the grass.
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The NFLPA is investigating the handling of Sunday’s injury. Earlier this week, he said there were “all indications” that the team correctly followed concussion protocol.
“If there had been something lingering in his head, of course I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I had prematurely put someone in harm’s way,” McDaniel said Friday. “This is a relationship that I have with this human being. I take it seriously.”
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McDaniel said there is no timetable for Tagovailoa’s return.
“I’m not thinking about the schedules of Tua the player. I’m thinking about Tua the person. He’s someone I’ve grown very, very close to. I’m worried about him getting well and getting all the tests he needs.” to end”.
Tagovailoa flew home with the team after the game and the coach said he is in good spirits.