Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins entered the NFL’s concussion protocol following Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
Tua Tagovailoa, the Miami Dolphins quarterback, has returned to the NFL’s concussion protocol following Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
Head coach Mike McDaniel announced on Monday morning that after being evaluated by the team’s medical staff, Tagovailoa, 24, showed signs of a concussion.
“I genuinely care about each and every player,” according to News, McDaniel told reporters on Monday.
“I take that seriously, so I just want him to be healthy and have peace of mind,” he added. “That comes first and foremost, and whatever comes after that is dealt with later. It’s all about the human being and making sure he’s taken care of.”
Tagovailoa has battled concussions throughout the season, beginning with the Dolphins’ Sept. 25 game against the Buffalo Bills, when he briefly left the game after hitting the back of his head on the field. He was eventually allowed to return to the area.
Tagovailoa was sacked and slammed his head into the ground again less than a week later, against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Footage of Tagovailoa holding up his hands with his fingers frozen in place after the hit went viral on social media, reigniting debate about concussion safety in the NFL.
Following the recent concussion protocol update, former NFL players and current game analysts Booger McFarland and Robert Griffin III advised Tagovailoa to miss the rest of the season.
“If the NFL is serious about health, safety, and concussions, Tua Tagovailoa shouldn’t play anymore this season,” McFarland said on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown, according to Yahoo Sports.