MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is coping with concussion signs like complications, and underwent additional evaluations on the workforce’s facility Friday after he was knocked from a game with head and neck injuries towards the Cincinnati Bengals one night time earlier.
Tagovailoa was launched from a Cincinnati hospital late Thursday and flew again residence on the workforce airplane, the place coach Mike McDaniel and his Dolphins teammates have been elated by his presence.
Tagovailoa sat subsequent to McDaniel and watched the cult-comedy film “MacGruber” on Tagovailoa’s telephone throughout the flight residence.
“I believe he was simply pleased to be together with his teammates. And all of his teammates have been so elated,” McDaniel mentioned Friday. “This was a scary, scary scenario for all of us.”
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Right here’s what we learn about Tua Tagovailoa’s well being:
What occurred to Tua Tagovailoa on Thursday night time?
Tagovailoa was sacked and slammed to the turf by Bengals defensive deal with Josh Tupou with 5:43 remaining within the second quarter. Tagovailoa stayed on the turf immobile, and his fingers have been disjointed in what was a scary scene. Tagovailoa was carted off the sphere on a stretcher and didn’t return. He was taken to College of Cincinnati Medical Heart with head and neck accidents, and he did have motion in all of his extremities.
McDaniel mentioned postgame that Tagovailoa was evaluated for a concussion and is in concussion protocol. He was handled for head and neck accidents, and seen sporting a neck brace on the stadium after he was launched from the hospital.
What’s the Tua Tagovailoa backstory?
Last week, Tagovailoa appeared to injure his head within the second quarter when he was shoved to the bottom by Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano. The affect of the push induced Tagovailoa’s head to slam on the turf. He struggled to his toes earlier than stumbling to the bottom once more.
Surprisingly, Tagovailoa reentered the sport after the workforce mentioned he handed the NFL’s concussion protocol. The Dolphins later mentioned Tagovailoa suffered again and ankle accidents towards the Payments.
Following the Week 3 sport, the NFLPA announced that they would launch an investigation into the dealing with of Tagovailoa’s concussion analysis. Tagovailoa was listed as questionable with again and ankle accidents going into Thursday night time.
What did McDaniel say in regards to the Dolphins’ protocols?
McDaniel, a first-time head coach after rising by way of the NFL ranks for 15 years, understands the optics of Tagovailoa’s harm enjoying out on a nationwide stage and the corresponding questions that he acquired after the Bengals sport Thursday and through his information convention Friday.
“The timing of all of it. How issues performed out. I get the optics. I get precisely what it seems to be like. I perceive all of this and perceive individuals’s concern,” McDaniel mentioned. “However the one factor that I can exude with one hundred pc conviction is that each individual on this constructing had one hundred pc the right course of, diligence, and that’s why there’s not a participant or individual that you just’d have the ability to speak to within the constructing that will assume in any other case as a result of it’s clear, contrite and never one thing that’s negotiable form or type.”
What have the Dolphins mentioned about Tagovailoa’s harm towards the Payments? Why was he cleared to play?
The Dolphins keep whereas Tagovailoa did hit the again of his head throughout the Payments sport, and he was introduced as questionable to return with a head harm, he didn’t have a head harm after medical testing – each throughout the Payments sport and earlier than the Bengals sport.
“The entire course of for what occurred within the Payments sport, he was evaluated for a head harm instantly. That’s what we introduced him to the tent for, introduced him to the facet for. He was evaluated after which cleared by a number of layers of medical professionals. I don’t fake to be one,” McDaniel mentioned. “These individuals, the gathering of them, cleared him of any head harm in any respect. He had a again and ankle situation.”
McDaniel mentioned he noticed no indications of Tagovailoa coping with any lingering results from hitting his head within the leadup to the Bengals sport.
“I’m in regular communication with this man day in and day trip. We’re speaking about high-level, soccer conversations about progressions, and defenses, and recalling stuff from two weeks earlier. And him, having to reiterate a 15-word play name – all issues, completely no indicators. There was no medical indication from all sources that there was something concerning the top,” McDaniel mentioned.
McDaniel additionally reiterated if Tagovailoa confirmed any indicators of a lingering harm earlier than the Bengals sport, he wouldn’t have performed.
“If there would have been something lingering together with his head, I wouldn’t have the ability to stay with myself if I prematurely put somebody on the market and put them in hurt’s approach,” McDaniel mentioned. “It is a relationship I’ve had with this human being. I take it critically. I wouldn’t have put him on the market if there was any inclination in any respect if he was endangering himself from the earlier sport.”
What’s the newest on the NFLPA’s investigation?
The NFLPA introduced Thursday night time that their investigation into whether or not or not the Dolphins dedicated a concussion protocol violation is ongoing.
What’s the timetable for Tagovailoa’s return?
McDaniel mentioned Tagovailoa posed the query, questioning in regards to the upcoming video games he may miss. However McDaniel says he was fast to close down any discuss soccer with Tagovailoa.
“I used to be like ‘Tua, let’s cease this proper now. Don’t even take into consideration a sport. Let’s simply take into consideration doing all the pieces the correct solution to pay attention, to get the opinions you want and let’s fear about you and your head and being a wholesome human being. And we’ll fear about enjoying soccer later.’”
McDaniel had not but given any thought to Tagovailoa’s potential return or if he could be positioned on short-term injured reserve to get well from his concussion.
The Dolphins’ subsequent sport is Oct. 9 on the highway towards the New York Jets.
“Essentially the most sincere and forthright I might be is I actually haven’t any timetable and even thought to it,” McDaniel mentioned. “That’s the place I’d really feel irresponsible even enthusiastic about it.”