Tua Tagovailoa left the Miami Dolphins game against the Cincinnati Bengals after taking a terrifying hit in the second quarter.
Tagovailoa crashed to the ground and landed on his back and neck. He was seen with a fencing response for a few seconds after being hit. The fencing response is described as an action when a person’s “arms are often placed in an unnatural position” after a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion, according to Health Line.
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The Dolphins said Tagovailoa was out for the game with head and neck injuries and later said he was hospitalized and was “conscious and mobile in all his extremities.”
NFL fans who watched the game took issue with Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” broadcast, as persistent replays featured a zoomed-in shot of Tagovailoa fencing back.
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Amazon did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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.
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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.
Paulina Dedaj of Fox News contributed to this report.