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Tua Tagovailoa’s trainer offers health update

Tua Tagovailoa ready to throw

Sep 11, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) watches prior throwing the football during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals on a stretcher after he suffered a head injury, but fortunately there have been some positive health updates since.

Tagovailoa’s longtime personal trainer Nick Hicks said in a tweet on Friday morning that the former Alabama star is “doing well.” Tagovailoa underwent X-rays that came back negative and had no internal bleeding. He is scheduled to have an MRI and get a second opinion.

That meshes with what USA Today’s Josina Anderson reported, which is that all initial scans were negative. Anderson adds that Tagovailoa traveled back to Miami with the team, though he was wearing a neck brace.

Tagovailoa was taken to the hospital after his head bounced off the turf on a hit in the second quarter. He showed a fencing reaction, which is typically indicative of a concussion.

While any obvious head injury is a concern, many people believe Tagovailoa suffered two in less than a week. He also left his team’s game against the Buffalo Bills last weekend after hitting his head on the turf. He was very wobbly when he got to his feet but cleared to return. Tagovailoa cleared concussion protocol and the Dolphins said his balance issues were the result of a back injury.

The Dolphins have faced a great deal of backlash in the wake of Thursday night’s frightening scene. Head coach Mike McDaniel defended the team’s handling of Tagovailoa after the game.

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