It’s safe to say that most people were disgusted by what they saw on the field in Cincinnati last night, when Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had to be stretchered off the field with a head injury.
Of course, Tua was playing less than one week after he smacked his head on the turf and was seen stumbling during a win over the Buffalo Bills — a game in which Tua was also allowed to return to following the injury.
Among those who were disappointed with how the whole ordeal has played out is Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. He spoke with the media on Friday, saying he “couldn’t believe” what he saw last night…or last Sunday during the Dolphins-Bills game.
He went on to call the whole situation “astonishing,” claiming he had “never seen anything like it before” in his nearly-40-years of coaching.
Make no mistake about it. What transpired last night was about as ugly as it gets. But that’s not to say we haven’t seen NFL teams trot players back out onto the field after some nasty-looking head injuries in the past…
Including John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens!
Perhaps the most notable case was back in 2017, when quarterback Joe Flacco nearly had his head taken off by Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso during a Thursday night contest.
Flacco left that week 8 contest and was placed in concussion protocol, but he was right back out there the following week for a week 9 game against the Tennessee Titans — despite the fact that the Ravens had a week 10 bye, which would have given their starting quarterback an extra week to rest his head.
NFL fans certainly didn’t forget about this, or the other instances when Ravens players played after suffering what appeared to be an ugly head injury. Many of them took to Twitter to call out Harbaugh for his hypocrisy.