MIAMI — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who’s within the concussion protocol for the second time this season, is day-to-day and is perhaps out of Sunday’s essential sport towards the New England Patriots.
Coach Mike McDaniel stated Wednesday that Teddy Bridgewater is in line to start out for the Dolphins. Addressing the media, Bridgewater stated he was desperate to get in some reps this week.
“I’m excited, man. Football still means something to the guys in this locker room and the guys that are going out there Sunday,” Bridgewater stated. “For the guys that are giving it their all, it means a lot. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
Miami will snap a five-year playoff drought if it wins out or wins considered one of its remaining two video games and will get assist from a number of groups.
Tagovailoa’s newest concussion occurred through the loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers on Christmas Day. He completed the sport with out displaying any signs and spoke to the media postgame.
Nonetheless, Tagovailoa displayed concussion signs on the group facility Monday and was informed to satisfy with group medical doctors. He self-reported his signs to the group’s medical workers and was instantly positioned into concussion protocol.
The NFL on Wednesday issued a press release saying, “A joint NFL-NFLPA review of the application of the concussion protocol involving Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is now underway. We welcome that review and, as we have done previously, we will report the results in conjunction with the NFLPA.”
A supply informed ESPN that Tagovailoa’s concussion historical past this season was an element within the NFLPA and NFL’s determination to launch a evaluation. And whereas the NFLPA does not essentially imagine any wrongdoing occurred, it needs to take a deeper look into the matter beginning with an interview with Tagovailoa, in response to the supply. The evaluation may also take a look at whether or not the sales space spotter noticed the quarterback’s head hit the bottom in Sunday’s sport towards Inexperienced Bay.
This may be the his third head damage this season.
In September, Tagovailoa sustained what the Dolphins initially assessed as a head damage towards the Buffalo Payments. An unaffiliated neurotrauma advisor cleared him to return to the sport. That advisor was later fired.
Every week later, in Miami’s Week 4 sport towards the Cincinnati Bengals, Tagovailoa was knocked unconscious after hitting the again of his head on the bottom. He was briefly hospitalized.
The incident triggered a joint NFLPA/NFL investigation, which led to the league altering its concussion protocol to mandate that any participant who reveals potential concussion signs — together with an absence of steadiness or stability — sit out the rest of a sport.
McDaniel reiterated Wednesday that Tagovailoa’s long-term well being was paramount and declined to invest on the quarterback’s future.
“This is a human being, very much like all players,” McDaniel stated. “I’m not going to go in direct conflict with what the doctors have told me to do, which is just to worry about one day at a time.”
“This is just a day-at-a-time process, that his health is the first, foremost and only priority.”