Report: Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa Still in Concussion Protocol, Will Skip Pro Bowl

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 27, 2023

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 04: Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins warms up during pregame against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on December 04, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins star Tua Tagovailoa remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and will miss the league's inaugural Pro Bowl Games, according to ESPN's Marcel Louis-Jacques.

"According to the source, Tagovailoa's time in the protocol has been deliberate as he meets with multiple doctors and specialists," Louis-Jacques reported. "There have not been any setbacks as the Dolphins prioritize his long-term health."

Tagovailoa missed the final two games of the regular season and Miami's 34-31 AFC Wild Card Round loss to the Buffalo Bills after suffering a concussion in a Week 16 defeat to the Green Bay Packers. It was his second documented concussion of the season.

The third-year quarterback missed two games in October after he was concussed in Week 4. Before that, an investigation was opened into whether he should've returned a week earlier in a win over the Bills after he appeared to display concussion-like symptoms. The NFL and NFL Players Association cleared the Dolphins and their training staff.

Another investigation was opened after the Packers game. Tagovailoa didn't miss a single offensive snap, and the league determined he didn't display any symptoms of a concussion until after the contest.

Despite only making 13 starts, Tagovailoa set career highs in passing yards (3,548) and passing touchdowns (25). His 68.8 QBR was the third-highest in the league.

The 24-year-old was named a first alternate for the Pro Bowl. Since one of the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes or Cincinnati Bengals' Joe Burrow is guaranteed to reach the Super Bowl, he would've been set to represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl Games.

In December, the NFL announced a new format for the event. Rather than suiting up for the Pro Bowl, players will compete in a series of competitions that culminate in three seven-on-seven flag football games on Feb. 5.