Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion is a priority far past this season

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is attended by medical staff after being sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Cincinnati,

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is attended by medical employees after being sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive deal with Josh Tupou on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Cincinnati,
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For the second time this season, a Tua Tagovailoa head harm is being investigated by the NFL.

This one wasn’t practically as apparent because the horrifying one that he suffered in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals, however the outcome is similar. Tagovailoa is spending his apply week in concussion protocol. On Wednesday the NFLPA introduced that there might be a joint investigation with the NFL into how his most up-to-date head harm was dealt with by the workforce and the unbiased medical professionals.

The present stint is technically solely his second of the season, but when the protocol that started in Week 4 was utilized in Week 3, this might be journey No. 3 to the concussion protocol checklist. It was in opposition to the Buffalo Payments when he first appeared to have misplaced his equilibrium after struggling a blow to the top. It was identified as a again harm, however then the world noticed the fencing response 4 days later.

With two video games left within the common season, Mike McDaniel’s revival of the Miami Dolphins seems to have gone so far as it might probably this season. They’re clinging to a wild-card spot and it’s extremely unlikely that they are going to be capable to maintain on with out Tagovailoa behind heart. Teddy Bridgewater will begin on Sunday in opposition to the New England Patriots.

Even with a pallet-load of talent place expertise, the Dolphins’ backup quarterbacks haven’t been in a position to maintain the offense in Tagovailoa’s absence. Additionally, Bridgewater suffered a head harm in Week 5.

As a lot hurt as Tagovailoa’s harm does to the Dolphins’ playoff hopes, what is way extra regarding is how Tagovailoa bought damage and the way this head trauma can have an effect on his profession going ahead.

There was no second throughout that sport wherein he appeared dazed after a play. Possibly his subpar second-half efficiency was affected by the harm, however he by no means stumbled, or was face down on the bottom for an prolonged time period. There was a clip that went viral of the again of Tagovailoa’s head bouncing off of the turf at Exhausting Rock Stadium late within the second quarter of the Dolphins’ 26-20 loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers. In response to ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques, Tagovailoa showed no concussion symptoms till the Monday following the sport.

He’s thought-about day-to-day, however the Dolphins ought to maintain him out for at the least the rest of this season, playoffs included. Following his earlier harm he was sidelined from the second he was carted off of the sphere that Thursday night time in opposition to the Bengals, till 25 days later in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

If Tagovailoa may return to the sphere in 21 days, that may put him on the sphere for a wild card sport if the Dolphins are in a position to clinch a spot, however at this level that may be unwise. Head trauma analysis has proven that struggling a concussion will increase the probability of one other. Whether or not that is concussion No. 2 or No. 3 this season, if signs didn’t reveal themselves till the day after the harm occurred, the chance is way too nice to place him again on the sphere after the flip of the brand new 12 months.

What if the Dolphins performed in Inexperienced Bay final week and he flew on an airplane dwelling from Wisconsin not figuring out that he was concussed? On the airplane again from Cincinnati he wore a neck brace dwelling. What if his head slammed in opposition to the turf once more in that sport and he suffered a head harm with nobody figuring out concerning the first one?

The selection the Dolphins must make for the remainder of this season is to place Tagovailoa on the sidelines, however after his 12 months of head trauma, it’s cheap to fret about well being by Sept. 2023 and past.