Tua Tagovailoa’s Week 4 ended early after he was stretchered off the field with head and neck injuries following a daunting hit within the second quarter of the Dolphins’ eventual 27–15 loss to the Bengals on Thursday Night time Soccer.
After the sport, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel defined the choice to play Tagovailoa, who was formally cleared to play two hours earlier than kickoff after being listed as questionable attributable to a again harm. McDaniel first adopted up on an encouraging update from the team concerning the quarterback’s standing and instructed reporters Tagovailoa is in concussion protocol however had been cleared to journey again with the staff.
McDaniel then defined why Tagovailoa was cleared to play regardless of lingering questions surrounding his well being, and said that his harm on TNF was not associated to a previous challenge. The primary-year coach responded to a query asking if he may “categorical with 100% certainty” that the 24-year-old didn’t endure a concussion in Week 3 after his head hit the bottom on a sort out in opposition to Payments; Tagovailoa stumbled as he jogged proper after the play previous to exiting however was ultimately cleared to return, although he later stated his exit was attributable to a again harm.
“Yeah, in any other case, we’d’ve reported him having a head harm. That’s why the NFL has these protocols,” McDaniel stated, via Will Manso of WPLG Local 10 News. “There’s an impartial specialist that makes a speciality of the specialty of mind matter so, for me, so long as I’m teaching right here, I’m not gonna fudge that complete state of affairs. If there’s any type of inclination that somebody has a concussion, they go into concussion protocol that’s very strict.
“Individuals don’t fluctuate or stray, we don’t mess with that. By no means have. And, so long as I’m the pinnacle coach, that’ll by no means be a difficulty you guys must fear about.”
McDaniel’s feedback add to mounting discourse surrounding Tagovailoa’s well being within the 4 days since Miami’s matchup in opposition to Buffalo. The NFL Player’s Association launched an investigation into the Dolphins’ dealing with of the QB’s concussion examine on Sunday which stays ongoing.
The NFLPA additionally issued an announcement Thursday night time voicing concern over what transpired.
“Participant well being and security is on the core of the union’s mission,” the NFLPA tweeted. “Our concern tonight is for Tua and we hope for a full and speedy restoration. Our investigation into the potential protocol violation is ongoing.”
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