Tua Tagovaioloa is having some really poor luck this season and has been placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol again after playing against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The Miami Dolphins quarterback was allowed to continue playing after it was suspected that he had been concussed. But NFL chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills, has said that the player did not show signs of anything which would typically trigger said protocol.
Tua entered the league’s concussion protocol on Monday after reporting symptoms, with MIA head coach Mike McDaniel revealing as much on the day. The coach said that whether or not the QB had suffered a concussion was still unclear but there was enough to have him entered.
No Visible Signs Of A Concussion
Sills has since insisted that there were no visible signs of a concussion during the game, which is why the former Alabama star was allowed to continue playing.
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“What our spotters and our unaffiliated neuro doctors are looking for is any blow that transmits force to the head or neck area, followed by that injury behavior,” he told NFL Senior National Columnist Judy Battista in an interview shown on Tuesday’s NFL Total Access, per NFL.com.
“And so, there are many blows to the head that occur during a game. We are always looking for the blow plus the injury behavior and obviously if we see any injury behavior, then there’s a call down made to evaluate that player. Also, if a player identifies any symptoms or a teammate, coach, official, anyone else identifies symptoms, that also initiates a protocol. So many people can initiate the protocol and in this game on Sunday, none of those factors were present.
“There were no visible signs present, even though there was a blow to the head and the player did not report any symptoms, despite being in contact with the medical staff throughout the game. So, there was nothing that would have triggered the protocol in the moment.”
Sills also noted that it is normal for people who have been concussed to exhibit delayed symptoms.
Can Tua Play Again This Season?
Given the player’s history with head injuries in just this season, the Dolphins could sit him for the remainder of the term.
Sills has also said that it is still possible for Tagovaioloa to be cleared for action again before next season. McDaniel, meanwhile, says he’s more concerned about Tua the human being than Tua the player at the moment.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.