NFL Investigating Tua Tagovailoa concussion

Tua placed in concussion protocol
AP Photo/Jim Rassol

Miami Dolphins Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went into concussion protocol for the second time this season. Now the NFL is putting an investigation in place.

The Samoan American quarterback was diagnosed with a concussion on Monday after he told doctors about his concussion symptoms a day after playing against the Green Bay Packers. It is believed to have happened in the second quarter when the head of the 24-year-old quarterback collided with the turf.

Tagovailoa remained in the game and threw three fourth-quarter interceptions.

The diagnosis is Tua Tagovailoa’s second concussion in three months, according to reports.

The first concussion occurred when the Miami Dolphins’ back-to-back games against the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals in September. During the game against the Bengals, Tagovailoa was rushed to the hospital after being nose tackle Josh Tupou sacked him in the second quarter. The NFL had received some backlash from health experts for permitting the QB to play after he had apparently sustained a head injury in the Bills game.

This has led to an investigation of the policy change in evaluating concussions. It now includes ataxia, which is a loss of balance or slurred speech, as a mandatory “no-go” symptom.

Following the recent concussion case, the NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) will be conducting a joint investigation to review the handling of Tagovailoa under the football league’s concussion protocols. 

“We welcome that review,” NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told USA Today Sports, “and as we have done previously, we will report the results in conjunction with the NFLPA.”


“We just want to make sure that No. 1, everything is done right and No. 2, that everything is going to be done right when it comes to his return to participation, or for our guys, return to work,” Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA’s chief medical adviser, told USA Today Sports.

“As always, we’re diligent, watching it… making sure we’re all over it in making sure things get done right. If they weren’t, we’ll figure it out,” Mayer added. “If the protocol is working great, fine. If not, we’ll change it if we need to, for the good of the player.”

TL//DR: NFL Investigating Tua Tagovailoa concussion

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