miami dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss this week’s game against the New York Jets after suffering a concussion Thursday, head coach Mike McDaniel said Monday.
Tagovailoa was carried off the field in a scary scene during thursday defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals and entered concussion protocol. The incident came just five days after Tagovailoa displayed alarming symptoms on the field after hitting his head on the ground in a game against the Buffalo Bills, where he was eventually cleared to return.
“Right now he’s in the building,” McDaniel told reporters from Tagovailoa State. “He’s had a couple of good days, but he’s just trying to stick to proper procedure and protocol, so he feels 100%. I know he’ll be diligent.”
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Tagovailoa was hit hard by Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou, who knocked him to the ground in the first half of Thursday night’s game. The quarterback lay on the grass with his hands frozen over him, fingers flexed in an awkward position.
Tagovailoa was taken to the hospital and later diagnosed with a concussion, but the incident sparked league-wide outrage, with NFL Players Association president JC Tretter criticizing those who made the decision to allow Tagovailoa back. a Miami Game of the Week 3 against Buffalo and play Thursday after showing “no-go” symptoms on the field.
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“We’ve come a long way in the last 15 years, but the last week shows how far we still have to go,” Tretter said Friday in a statement posted on social media.
The NFLPA has fired the neurotrauma consultant who evaluated Tagovailoa during Miami’s game against the Bills, and both the NFLPA and the NFL have announced plans to modify concussion protocol as a result of his injuries.
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McDaniel told reporters it’s too early to say whether the Dolphins will place Tagovailoa on injured reserve, noting that the focus will be on making sure he’s in “optimal health.”
“This is something that’s too early to give you a definitive timeline. I can comfortably say that he’ll be out for this game against the Jets, but anything beyond that, we’re just focused on making sure he’s in optimal health and then crossing that bridge,” the head coach said. “It’s a little early for definitive timelines beyond that.”