Miami Dolphins Are Cleared Of Any Wrongdoing Over QB Tua Tagovailoa’s Concussion Diagnosis


The NFL and the players’ union have cleared the Miami Dolphins of any wrongdoing related to the diagnosis of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s latest concussion.

The third-year signal caller entered NFL concussion protocol for the second time this week after Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. His head hit the Hard Rock Stadium turf in the second quarter, but he was not investigated or removed from the game, prompting an investigation into the situation.

In a joint statement, the league and union announced that the team was not guilty of failing to diagnose Tagovailoa on the field because he showed no signs of a concussion.

The NFL and players' union have cleared the Miami Dolphins of any wrongdoing over the diagnosis of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's latest concussion

The NFL and players’ union have cleared the Miami Dolphins of any wrongdoing over the diagnosis of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s latest concussion

“The NFL and NFLPA [the players’ union] completed their joint review involving Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers,” the statement began. “The joint review determined that the protocol has not been activated. The protocol is initiated when a player receives a blow to the head and shows or reports signs or symptoms suggestive of a concussion.

“The review found that concussion symptoms were not exhibited or reported until the following day, after which the team’s medical team appropriately evaluated and placed Mr. Tagovailoa on the concussion protocol.”

Tagovailoa has been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game in New England.

It is not clear when or if Tagovailoa will return to the field, but many current and former players have expressed concerns about his long-term health following his second confirmed concussion of the season.

Tagovailoa previously suffered a concussion in a Week 4 loss to Cincinnati in a play that knocked him unconscious and caused him to be carried off the field.

That was four days after he was allowed to return to a game against Buffalo after appearing disoriented following a hit. It was a disturbing scene when Tagovailoa wobbled as he tried to get back on his feet, and the NFL later changed concussion protocol to mandate that any player exhibiting potential concussion symptoms — including a lack of balance or stability — must play for the rest of the game. sit out. a game.

1672508644 111 Miami Dolphins are cleared of any wrongdoing over QB Tua

1672508644 111 Miami Dolphins are cleared of any wrongdoing over QB Tua

Miami coach Mike McDaniel said Friday that Tagovailoa is still improving. “He’s better than the day before,” said McDaniel. “But I’m also trying to get a team ready to play this game, and it doesn’t really help anyone to talk about the scenario where they have to focus on their health and nothing else.”

The league and union have since revised the process Tagovailoa released in September, and one of the league’s unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants was fired as a result.

Both the NFL and NFLPA have since agreed to add ataxia to the list of head trauma symptoms that can disqualify a player.

“Ataxia” is defined as an abnormality of balance/stability, motor coordination, or dysfunctional speech caused by a neurological problem,” read a joint statement. In other words, if a player is diagnosed with ‘ataxia’ by a club or neutral doctor involved in the application of the concussion protocol, he will be prohibited from returning to the game and will receive the follow-up care required by the Protocol.’

Miami coach Mike McDaniel said Friday that Tagovailoa is still improving

“He’s better than the day before,” McDaniel said. “But I’m also trying to get a team ready to play this game, and it doesn’t really help anyone to talk about the scenario where they have to focus on their health and nothing else.”

Teddy Bridgewater will lead Miami in Sunday’s critical division game, which will be a factor in whether the Dolphins clinch their first postseason berth since 2016. The Dolphins can reach the playoffs with a New York Jets win and loss to Seattle, or a tie combined with a Jets loss and Pittsburgh Steelers loss or tie.

McDaniel seems equally concerned about his 24-year-old starting quarterback, but has chosen his words carefully, giving few details about Tagovailoa’s future. He said on Friday he has been “zealously blocking” outside opinion about Tagovailoa’s health.

“I haven’t read, spoken or heard anything outside of my job with the people I work with,” McDaniel said. “I think from an integrity point of view, it’s important to me to do everything for the right reasons and to have no influence whatever the situation may be.”

Teddy Bridgewater (left) will lead Miami in Sunday's critical division game, which will be a factor in whether the Dolphins clinch their first postseason berth since 2016.  The Dolphins can reach the playoffs with a New York Jets win and loss to Seattle, or a tie combined with a Jets loss and a Pittsburgh Steelers loss or tie

Teddy Bridgewater (left) will lead Miami in Sunday's critical division game, which will be a factor in whether the Dolphins clinch their first postseason berth since 2016.  The Dolphins can reach the playoffs with a New York Jets win and loss to Seattle, or a tie combined with a Jets loss and a Pittsburgh Steelers loss or tie

Teddy Bridgewater (left) will lead Miami in Sunday’s critical division game, which will be a factor in whether the Dolphins clinch their first postseason berth since 2016. The Dolphins can reach the playoffs with a New York Jets win and loss to Seattle, or a tie combined with a Jets loss and a Pittsburgh Steelers loss or tie

When he returned for Miami’s Week 7 game against Pittsburgh, Tagovailoa recounted how stressful the whole process had been.

“It’s been a process, that’s for sure,” Tagovailoa said in October. “Have to handle the interviews with the NFL and the NFLPA and then go outside to doctors with a second opinion…but all of this is done for the safety of the players. I’m glad I had to go through those things to understand more about the concussions and the effects.’

Tagovailoa’s brother, Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, told the Associated Press Thursday that he is concerned about his brother’s long-term health given the amount of information available about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the progressive brain condition that causes by repeated blows to the head. .

“That’s my brother,” he said. “I want him to be safe at all times, but at the same time play the game he loves and do what he loves to do and see him happy. In life, I feel like we all have to make those tough decisions no matter what he’s in the mood for at the moment. There are many more years and much more time, because he is still young.’

Tagovailoa's brother, Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (pictured), told the Associated Press on Thursday that he is concerned about his brother's long-term health given the amount of information available about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the progressive brain disorder which is caused by repeated blows.  to the head

Tagovailoa's brother, Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (pictured), told the Associated Press on Thursday that he is concerned about his brother's long-term health given the amount of information available about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the progressive brain disorder which is caused by repeated blows.  to the head

Tagovailoa’s brother, Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (pictured), told the Associated Press on Thursday that he is concerned about his brother’s long-term health given the amount of information available about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the progressive brain disorder which is caused by repeated blows. to the head

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