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Tua Tagovailoa's Head Injury Draws Concern from Twitter amid NFLPA's Dolphins Probe

Doric SamSeptember 30, 2022

CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 29:  Medical staff tend to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins after an injury during the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on September 29, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left Thursday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals after suffering a scary injury when he was sacked and his head hit the ground.

It was reported during the Thursday Night Football broadcast that Tagovailoa suffered head and neck trauma, and he was transported to a local emergency facility. The team later said that the 24-year-old was conscious and had movement in all his extremities.

The injury to Tagovailoa comes in the midst of an investigation by the NFLPA into the Dolphins' handling of his injury in last Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

After hitting his head on the ground near the end of the first half on a play that drew a roughing the passer penalty, Tagovailoa was slow to get up, and he stumbled to the ground as he tried to walk back to the huddle. He was escorted to the sideline and evaluated for a concussion in the locker room. He was initially considered questionable to return with a head injury, but he took the field after halftime and completed the game.

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said after the game that Tagovailoa had actually injured his back, though Tagovailoa said he completed the six-step concussion assessment process during halftime. The NFL's concussion protocol requires players to be evaluated on the sidelines if they exhibit any symptoms.

Tagovailoa's status for Thursday night's game was uncertain, but it was reported earlier during the day that he was expected to play.

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said after the game that Tagovailoa had actually injured his back, though Tagovailoa said he completed the six-step concussion assessment process during halftime. The NFL's concussion protocol requires players to be evaluated on the sidelines if they exhibit any symptoms.Tagovailoa's status for Thursday night's game was uncertain, but it was reported earlier during the day that he was expected to play. Social media lit up with reactions to Tagovailoa's scary injury Thursday, with many wondering why he was playing in the game in the first place.

NFLPA @NFLPA

Player health and safety is at the core of the union's mission. Our concern tonight is for Tua and we hope for a full and speedy recovery. Our investigation into the potential protocol violation is ongoing.

Jonathan Jones @jjones9

As of earlier today, that review was believed to wrap up "in a week or two" with the expectation that the league would publish the results of the review. That investigation takes on an even greater importance now after tonight.

Randall Cobb @rcobb18

So sad. I hope he’s ok. That was scary to watch! Everyone knows he shouldn’t have been on the field after what happen last week… <a href="https://t.co/T909ylNUMo">https://t.co/T909ylNUMo</a>

Robert Griffin III @RGIII

Tua is a case of NFL Teams having to protect players from themselves.<br>Tua is also a case of NFL Players needing to be protected from their NFL Teams.

shannon sharpe @ShannonSharpe

That’s a serious injury . Tua shouldn’t have been out there with Sunday Thursday turn around. Sometimes players need protecting from themselves. Dolphins failed Tua

Taylor Rooks @TaylorRooks

There’s gotta be real questions about tonight &amp; when the investigation into last week is over, they also have to address a potential correlation. Should he have even been out there? gotta look in the mirror &amp; ask what went wrong, what was preventable, &amp; who could have failed Tua.

Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson

At the very least, I would assume the <a href="https://twitter.com/NFLPA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFLPA</a> investigation into what happened last week should be taken extremely seriously if it wasn’t already. <a href="https://t.co/liQYlbJleF">https://t.co/liQYlbJleF</a>

chris long @JOEL9ONE

Pulling for Tua, scary as hell. I hope I’m being overly cynical but I think shit just got real for the dolphins. This is going to play out loudly.

ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

Deserved or not, more than a few people are going to lose their jobs over what happened tonight, I think.

Darius Slay @bigplay24slay

Prayers up man… buddy wasn’t post to be playing anyways.🙏🏾

Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report

Why did the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dolphins?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Dolphins</a> allow <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tua?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tua</a> to play on a short turnaround after Sunday? Were they fully transparent about him being of sound mind and body 2 play? <br><br>The NFL needs to dedicate every resource possible into finding the truth. Two significant concussions in 5 days is horrifying.

Russell Wilson @DangeRussWilson

Praying for you <a href="https://twitter.com/Tua?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tua</a> 🙏🏾

Gregg Rosenthal @greggrosenthal

Amazon just did an entire halftime segment on Tua without mentioning that Tua was tested for a concussion 4 days ago or that the NFLPA requested an investigation.

Chris Canty @ChrisCanty99

The <a href="https://twitter.com/MiamiDolphins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MiamiDolphins</a> organizational leadership is trash! <a href="https://twitter.com/NFLPA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFLPA</a> investigation into a potential concussion protocol violation on top of Flores allegations,Sean Payton pursuit &amp; illegal recruitment of <a href="https://twitter.com/TomBrady?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TomBrady</a> make it hard to ever give them the benefit of the doubt after <a href="https://twitter.com/Tua?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tua</a> injury

Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. @ChrisNowinski1

I take no pleasure in being right. Pray for Tua. We saw this coming. Get angry. Get involved with <a href="https://twitter.com/ConcussionLF?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ConcussionLF</a> to make sure the <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFL</a> can't do this again. <a href="https://t.co/qbZLlgvk5S">https://t.co/qbZLlgvk5S</a>

Tagovailoa's scary injury represents a deeper problem in the NFL regarding player safety.

It remains to be seen what repercussions await the Dolphins and whether or not it will lead to changes across the league.

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