The NFL Players Association expressed concern for Tua Tagovailoa Thursday night after the Miami Dolphins quarterback sustained head and neck injuries in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tagovailoa went down hard in the second quarter and appeared to land on his head and back simultaneously. He was seen having a fencing response as medical staff rushed onto the field to assess him. He was carried off the field on a stretcher and hospitalized.
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Miami said he was “conscious and moving in all his extremities.”
The NFLPA released a statement about the injury on social media.
“The health and safety of the players is at the core of the union’s mission. Our concern tonight is for Tua and we look forward to a full and speedy recovery. Our investigation into the possible protocol violation is ongoing,” the union said. league players in a tweet.
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The Amazon Prime broadcast said Tagovailoa was expected to leave the hospital and travel home with the team.
Tagovailoa had injury concerns before the game. He got a big lick from Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano, and it initially looked like he had suffered a head injury. He would return to the game to lead the Dolphins to their third win, but because he stumbled after taking a hit and then returned, the NFL Players Association launched an investigation to determine if concussion protocol was followed.
Miami coach Mike McDaniel said Tagovailoa exceeded concussion protocol and Tagovailoa said he hyperextended his back.
The NFL also announced Wednesday that the early stages of the NFLPA’s investigation suggest “every indication” that Miami properly followed the league’s concussion protocol in dealing with Tagovailoa’s injury.
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The league faced criticism from current and former players once Tagovailoa went down.
Paulina Dedaj of Fox News contributed to this report.