Days after the blow to the head that left Tua Tagovailoa flat on his back with his eyes closed and his fingers twisted and rigid, the Miami Dolphins are still facing some of the same questions about their concussed quarterback.
Rex Ryan isn’t happy with the Miami Dolphins and he spoke about the controversy surrounding Tua being let into a game where he seemed to have suffered a head injury just days before when the team played the Buffalo Bills.
The former New York Jets head coach thought it was complete malpractice by the franchise.
“Sometimes as a coach, you gotta protect the player from themselves and I had a simple philosophy as a coach. I treated every one of my players like they were my son and that’s all you have to do. I can tell you this: Would you put your son back in that game? This is clearly from head trauma, we all know what it looks like. My answer is this: No way in hell I put my son back in that game,” Ryan said.
Tagovailoa sustained his first apparent blow to the head when a Buffalo Bills linebacker shoved him to the ground. Tagovailoa stood up, shook his head, and then staggered a handful of steps before falling to his knees.
He was allowed back in the game to lead his team to victory. The quarterback told reporters that he’d hurt his back and ankle earlier in the game against the Bills.
The NFL Players Association reportedly took a stronger stance of opposition to how the situation was handled in Miami last weekend. The union fired the independent neurologist who helped clear Tagovailoa against the Bills, according to Pro Football Talk on Saturday.