Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will not play against the New York Jets on Sunday after suffering a shocking head injury last week.
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel announced the news On Monday, he told the media that Tagovailoa remained on “concussion protocol” after his injury on Thursday a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
When a reporter asked McDaniel if he and Dolphins general manager Chris Grier were considering moving Tagovailoa, 24, He was on injury reserve for four weeks and said it’s “too early to give a definitive timeline for the quarterback’s return.”
The Dolphins coach also said that while Tagovailoa has had “a good couple of days”, he is “trying to go through the right process and protocol to make him feel 100%”.
During Thursday’s game against the Bengals, Tagovailoa was released by defensive tackle Josh Tupou. The frightening strike sent Tagovailoa’s head off the turf, leaving him flat on the field for several minutes with uncontrollably spasmed fingers.
According to an article on the medical news site, his finger movements were a “fencing reaction” that occurs when a person is knocked down in contact sports with significant impact to the head health linechecked by a doctor.
Team doctors and other rescue workers placed Tagovailoa on a stretcher and took him by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to sources CBS sports. He was diagnosed with a concussion and sustained back and neck injuries from the blow.
Tagovailoa thanked the fans and supporters for their concern after the game TwitterHe said he was “focused on recovery so I can get back on the field with my teammates”.
After the injury of Tagovailoa fans and media members began to wonder if Tagovailoa’s reaction to his dismissal Thursday had anything to do with being hit in the back of the head four days before a game against the Buffalo Bills began.
During the Dec. 9 Bills game, Tagovailoa appeared to “exhibit concussion-like symptoms” after being punched in the back by linebacker Matt Milano, sources say ESPN. As Tagovailoa fell backwards, his head hit the grass. As Tagovailoa tried to shrug off the hit, he stumbled to his feet and struggled to regain his balance before teammates helped him. He was initially removed from the field for examination in the dressing room, but was later cleared to return to the game by a team doctor and an independent neurotrauma consultant.
After the conclusion of that game, the Dolphins said Tagovailoa fought on the field because of a back injury.
The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) opened an investigation immediately after the Bengals game to determine whether the Dolphins followed the league’s concussion protocol during the Bills game by allowing him to play again after such a short time.
According to that NFL concussion recordgross motor instability means a player cannot return to the game if the “team doctor, in consultation with the sideline UNC [unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant]determines the instability as neurological.”
Tagovailoa was listed as “questionable” according to the Dolphins’ injury report ahead of the Bengals game CBS sports.
As a result of its ongoing investigation, the NFLPA fired the independent neurotrauma counselor who treated Tagovailoa after the Bills game on 25/14, acc The Associated Press.
The NFL and NFLPA announced this together expression on Saturday that there will be “concussion protocol changes” needed to improve “player safety” after Tagovailoa’s injury.
“The NFLPA’s Mackey-White Health & Safety Committee and the NFL’s Head Neck and Spine Committee have already entered into discussions about the use of the term ‘Gross Motor Instability,’ and we expect to make changes to the protocol in the coming days based on what has been learned so far in the review process,” the statement said.