Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa positioned in NFL concussion protocol


Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is within the NFL’s concussion protocol, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel mentioned at a Monday information convention.

The announcement comes a day after Tagovailoa performed the complete recreation because the Dolphins misplaced to the Inexperienced Bay Packers. It’s the second time this season the 24-year-old quarterback has landed within the concussion protocol.

It additionally comes a number of months after he was within the highlight for obvious head accidents and the league and the gamers’ union agreed to replace the protocol – the NFL’s insurance policies for assessing and caring for gamers who maintain a concussion.

McDaniel mentioned Monday afternoon that he had solely came upon “a couple hours ago” that Tagovailoa displayed concussion signs and had been positioned within the league’s protocol by medical employees. He couldn’t pinpoint a second in Sunday’s recreation the place Tagovailoa may need been injured.

It’s unclear if Tagovailoa shall be obtainable to play this week towards the New England Patriots, the coach mentioned.

“I care very deeply about each and every player,” McDaniel mentioned. “I take that seriously, so I just want him to get healthy and have peace of mind in that regard. That’s first and foremost, and then whatever the circumstances are after, you deal with after. It’s about the human being and making sure he’s squared away.”

Tagovailoa confirmed “nothing that would have triggered” the league’s concussion protocol from Sunday’s recreation towards the Packers, NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills mentioned in an interview that aired Tuesday on NFL Community.

“What our spotters and our unaffiliated neuro(logy) doctors are looking for is any blow that transmits force to the head or neck area, followed by that injury behavior,” Sills mentioned. “Obviously, if we see any injury behavior, then there’s a call down made to evaluate that player.”

“Also, if a player identifies any symptoms or a teammate, coach, official, anyone else, identifies symptoms, that also initiates a protocol. So, many people can initiate the protocol and in this game on Sunday, none of those factors were present,” he mentioned.

Sills mentioned generally a participant will report signs after the sport.

“I think the focus here should be on kudos to the athlete for speaking up, for endorsing those symptoms and recognizing that there was a potential problem,” he mentioned. “And then kudos to the team for immediately acting on that, putting the player in the concussion protocol and, again, behaving in what we would say is a very conservative manner.”

Tagovailoa additionally was recognized with a concussion on September 29 after being sacked in a recreation towards the Cincinnati Bengals. Tagovailoa lay immobile on the sphere for a number of minutes earlier than he was positioned on a backboard and stretcher. He missed the crew’s subsequent two video games.

That concussion got here a number of days after Tagovailoa suffered an obvious head harm and was later allowed to proceed taking part in in a recreation towards the Buffalo Payments on September 25.

A concussion is a mind harm that occurs after a success to the top causes the organ to maneuver forwards and backwards contained in the cranium. However even after the mind itself stops shaking, there might be adjustments to the organ.

In October, Tagovailoa mentioned he didn’t bear in mind being taken off the sphere in the course of the September 29 recreation.

“Getting carted off – I don’t remember that,” he mentioned. “But I do remember the things that were going on when I was in the ambulance and then when I arrived at the hospital.”

He referred to as the method of going by way of the protocol worrying.

“But all of it is done for player safety and I’m glad that I got to go through those things to understand more of the deals of concussions, and you know, the effects, long-term, short-term, things like that. I thought it was great I was able to go through that process and get cleared,” Tagovailoa mentioned on the time.

The Dolphins occupy the seventh and closing playoff spot within the AFC, one recreation forward of the Patriots. The Dolphins have two weeks left of their common season.