Adam Schefter dropped a bombshell on Friday morning in the midst of the Miami Dolphins and their handling of Tua and his injuries.
On Friday’s episode of Get Up, ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed he spoke to multiple teams that said their medical and training staffs “would not have allowed” Tagovailoa to play days later after the injury he sustained in Miami’s Week 3 win over the Buffalo Bills:
“Now he did play, and every team has a different medical staff and different standards, but again I come back to ‘gross motor instability.’ It’s the phrase that’s in the protocols, it’s the phrase that people are using. People have said he has a concussion, the Dolphins said he didn’t have a concussion. We don’t know whether he did or he didn’t. What we do know is that when he walked off that field on Sunday, something did not look right. Something was wrong, and Tua was allowed to re-enter the game after being cleared by the doctors leading up to the circumstances last night that left everybody with a deep, disturbed feeling about how the system had failed.”
The Dolphins lost 27-15 to the Cincinnati Bengals on a hard night in which they saw their quarterback Tua Tagovailoa taken to the hospital with a scary head and neck injury.
Tagovailoa’s injury came just four days after a challenging win over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday where he was again thrown to the ground and appeared to take a hit to the head. The Dolphins QB was slammed to the turf on a sack. He suffered what the team said were head and neck injuries after he briefly left last Sunday’s game with what the team termed a back injury.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Tagovailoa went through a concussion check in the locker room and was fully cleared.
A stretcher came out for Tagovailoa after the hit on Thursday night, and he was taken to a nearby hospital.
After the game, the Dolphins announced Tagovailoa was “expected to be discharged from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center” and fly home with the team.