Great news for the Miami Dolphins and their fans, as it was reported earlier today that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has gained clearance for a return to the football field after suffering a concussion.
Tua was first injured in a week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills, although he returned to that game and it was said that he only suffered a back injury. But just four days later, on Thursday night football, Tua was forced to leave the Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati after he was brought down hard and slammed his head on the turf.
Tua was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital following the frightening incident, but he was discharged later that evening and flew home with the team. The 2020 fifth-overall pick missed Miami’s week 5 contest against the Jets, and he’ll sit out their week 6 game against the Vikings as well.
However, it was reported earlier by several sources that Tua Tagovailoa has cleared concussion protocol and will be available for the Dolphins’ week 7 game on Sunday night against the Steelers.
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The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero went into further details about Tua’s return, saying he visited specialists in Detroit and Pittsburgh before gaining clearance, which went above-and-beyond “the normal concussion protocol.”
Tua Tagovailoa was thriving before the injury. He had his team out to a 3-0 start, including a wins over the rival Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, and a six touchdown performance against the Baltimore Ravens.
Since his injury, the Fins have dropped back-to-back games against the Bengals and Jets. They’ll rely on rookie QB Skylar Thompson in week 6 against the Vikings, with backup Teddy Bridgewater also dealing with an injury.
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