Hours after being carried off the field on a stretcher with head and neck injuries, Tua Tagovailoa is expected to be released from the hospital and will likely travel back to Miami with the Dolphins on Thursday night, according to the Amazon broadcast. Prime Video and the team.
Tagovailoa sustained the injuries in the second quarter of the Miami Dolphins’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals after being sacked by the Bengals’ Josh Tupou.
Tagovailoa was on the pitch for several minutes before he was removed and sent to the hospital.
The Dolphins would later provide an update on his condition, saying he is conscious and has full movement in his extremities. The team confirmed that he was expected to be released from the hospital and fly home with the team.
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The Dolphins quarterback suffered an injury last week that many initially believed was a concussion. Tagovailoa slammed his helmet on the grass and tried to walk but stumbled. He left the game for a while, but apparently passed concussion protocol and returned to action.
Tagovailoa later said his back was hyperextended, causing him to stumble.
Despite Tagovailoa claiming he did not suffer a concussion and the team claiming he passed protocols, Sunday’s crash was enough for the NFLPA to launch an investigation into protocols the Dolphins said they were “happy to abide by.”
NFL SAYS THERE ARE ‘ALL INDICATIONS’ DOLPHINS FOLLOWED CONCUSSION PROTOCOL WITH TUA TAGOVAILOA
Earlier this week, NFL Senior Vice President Jeff Miller said there were “all indications” that Tagovailoa did approve of the protocol.
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Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tua on Thursday night with the Dolphins trailing 7-6.