The Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken off the sphere on a stretcher on Thursday throughout a sport in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals, after struggling obvious head and neck accidents – lower than per week after being injured in one other sport.
Tagovailoa is aware, has motion in all his extremities and was taken to a neighborhood hospital for additional analysis, the crew mentioned in an replace. It added that he’s anticipated to be launched from the College of Cincinnati Medical Middle and journey again to Miami with the crew tonight.
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel confirmed after the crew’s 27-15 loss that Tagovailoa didn’t have something extra critical than a concussion.
Within the second quarter, Tagovailoa was sacked by Bengals defensive lineman Josh Tupou and laid immobile on the sphere for a number of minutes.
The complete Dolphins sidelines walked onto the sphere as Tagovailoa was positioned on the backboard and stretcher.
Bengals followers in attendance at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati confirmed their respect as Tagovailoa was carted off the sphere.
“It was a scary second,” McDaniel mentioned after the sport. “He was evaluated for a concussion and is in concussion protocol …That was an emotional second. That isn’t a part of the deal anybody indicators up for although you understand its a risk in soccer.”
“All of his teammates, myself, we have been all very involved,” he added.
In a press release Thursday night time, the Nationwide Soccer League Gamers Affiliation (NFLPA) mentioned participant well being and security have been on the “core” of their mission.
“Our concern tonight is for Tua and we hope for a full and speedy restoration,” it mentioned. “Our investigation into the potential protocol violation is ongoing.”
The incident comes simply days after Tagovailoa suffered one other obvious head harm final Sunday, in a sport in opposition to the Buffalo Payments.
He had exited the sport within the second quarter after a success from linebacker Matt Milano brought on his helmet to hit the turf. On his means again to the road of scrimmage, Tagovailoa stumbled and nearly misplaced his stability.
He was then checked for a concussion and cleared, and got here again out onto the sphere within the third quarter.
Afterward, the NFLPA instructed the Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) it needs to provoke a evaluation into the dealing with of Tagovailoa’s obvious head harm.
The Dolphins later mentioned Tagovailoa suffered a again harm, not a head harm.
Tagovailoa was listed as questionable to play earlier than tonight’s sport with a again harm.
On Thursday, McDaniel defended the crew’s determination to play Tagovailoa regardless of the earlier harm, saying an impartial physician specializing in “mind matter” had cleared him to play.
“For me, so long as I’m teaching right here, I’m not going to fudge that entire scenario – if there’s any kind of inclination that somebody has a concussion, they go into the concussion protocol,” he mentioned. “We don’t mess with that. I by no means have and so long as I’m the pinnacle coach, it’s going to by no means be a difficulty that you simply guys have to fret about.”
When requested if there was something totally different the crew might have achieved after Tagovailoa’s harm on Sunday, McDaniel responded with a powerful “completely not.”