Many people will have to answer for their decisions over the coming days after the world witnessed Tua Tagovailoa suffer a scary head injury on Thursday Night Football tonight.
After being slammed to the ground by a Bengals defender, things got scary when Amazon cameras showed the Miami Dolphins quarterback laying on the ground with his hands cramped up in front of his face.
Tua was stretchered off the field and taken to a local hospital. And while we’re all praying for a full and speedy recovery for Tagovailoa, it’s hard not to wonder how the third-year quarterback was allowed to play after he appeared to suffer a concussion during last week’s game against the Bills.
Of course, the Dolphins and Tua claimed that he only suffered a back injury last week, and not a concussion. But Tua’s inability to stand up after the hit seemed to suggest otherwise. And five days later, following tonight’s incident, it seems as though everyone’s skepticism with the Dolphins’ “back tightness” claims were confirmed.
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The first one who was made to answer for the irresponsible decision to allow Tua Tagovailoa to play tonight was Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniels, who stood by the claim that Tua cleared concussion protocol last week. He also said he would never “fudge” with the concussion protocol.
It’s hard to blame McDaniels for any of this. As the head coach of an NFL team, he’s not getting paid to make the medical decisions. NFL coaches have enough other things to worry about. They tend to get their advice on players’ health from the doctors, and they just go off that.
If the doctors were telling McDaniels that Tua was good to go, then they need to be the ones answering the questions. And we wouldn’t be surprised if it costs some of them their jobs.