Tua Tagovailoa was stretchered off the field with head and neck injuries during the second quarter of Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after taking a brutal sack that saw his head bounce off the ground. The Miami Dolphins quarterback was conscious with movement in all of his extremities and transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further evaluation.
Shortly after the game ended, the Dolphins announced Tagovailoa would not only be released but would be flying home with the team.
NFL insider Josina Anderson reported Friday morning that Tua traveled back with the team while wearing a neck brace. She also revealed that his initial scans were negative and he had no broken bones.
Shortly after Tagovailoa went down with an injury on Thursday night, the NFL Players Association released a statement.
“Player health and safety is at the core of the union’s mission,” the NFLPA said. “Our concern tonight is for Tua and we hope for a full and speedy recovery. Our investigation into the potential protocol violation is ongoing.”
Tagovailoa suffered back and ankle injuries during the Dolphins’ Week 3 win over the Buffalo Bills, and the NFL Players Association also launched an investigation to determine whether concussion protocols were properly enforced after he returned to that game.
The NFL world was quick to send the third-year quarterback positive vibes as former Pittsburgh Steelers defender Ryan Shazier’s career ended in Cincinnati after he tried tackling a Bengals player.
He was one of the first to hit Twitter with a message for Tagovailoa.
Head coach Mike McDaniel later told reporters Tagovailoa was diagnosed with a concussion.
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