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NFLPA to investigate Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion check

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

Tua Tagovailoa returned to Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills after he suffered an injury that initially looked bad. The NFL Players Association wants to taker a closer look at the incident.

Tagovailoa hit his head off the turf late in the first half following a late hit from Bills linebacker Matt Milano. The quarterback appeared dazed when he got to his feet, and he nearly collapsed after taking a few steps. He was pulled from the game to be evaluated for a head injury.

Many were surprised when Tagovailoa cleared concussion protocol and returned to start the second half.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFLPA will investigate the handling of the situation.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media was told Tagovailoa looked wobbly because of a back injury he suffered earlier in the game. The former Alabama star’s back is said to have locked up after the hit from Milano.

The NFL’s concussion protocol has gotten far more in-depth in recent years. Tagovailoa would have had to pass a series of tests before being allowed in the game, and he obviously did.

Miami escaped with a 21-19 win over the Bills despite what could have been a disastrous special teams play in the fourth quarter (video here). Tagovailoa finished 13/18 for 168 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

Tua Tagovailoa leaves with frightening injury in Week 3

Tua Tagovailoa shoved to the ground

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills following what was a scary scene, but he later returned.

Tagovailoa’s head slammed head off the turf on a hit from Bills linebacker Matt Milano that drew a roughing the passer penalty. He appeared dazed when he got to his feet and then nearly collapsed after taking a few steps. You can see the frightening sequence below:

Tagovailoa was immediately pulled off the field. The Dolphins announced that he was being evaluated for a head injury. He cleared concussion protocol and returned in the second half.

Tagovailoa was 8/10 for 76 yards a touchdown and no interceptions before exiting the game. The former Alabama star is off to a good start this season and has led the Dolphins to a 2-0 record.

Jaylen Waddle reveals Tua Tagovailoa’s inspiring message before game-winner

Tua Tagovailoa celebrates a play

Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) reacts after running with the football for a first down against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa’s leadership is just fine, according to one of his top targets.

Tagovailoa oversaw an improbable comeback by the Miami Dolphins during Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. Down 28-7 in the second quarter and 35-14 to start the fourth, Tagovailoa brought Miami back from the dead. He threw four touchdown passes in the final frame (including the go-ahead score to Jaylen Waddle with 14 seconds left) as the Dolphins won 42-38.

After the unbelievable victory, Waddle revealed the inspiring message that Tagovailoa had before throwing the final touchdown pass to him.

[He told us in the huddle,] ‘It’s either us or them,'” said Waddle, per Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald. “I felt that. It got me going.”

Though Tagovailoa threw two first-half interceptions, the third-year QB was absolutely magnificent down the stretch. He fed both Waddle and fellow star receiver Tyreek Hill for a combined 22 receptions, 361 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. Tagovailoa also hit tight end Mike Gesicki and receiver River Cracraft for touchdowns of their own, finishing with a total of 469 yards passing and six TDs.

As for Tagovailoa’s qualities as a leader, he has faced criticism in the recent past over that much. But in the year of our Lord 2022, the former top-five pick is definitely giving off franchise quarterback energy for Miami.

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Tyreek Hill had funny message for Tua Tagovailoa critics

Tyreek Hill looks ahead

May 24, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Tyreek Hill (10) stretches during OTA practice at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreek Hill spent all offseason talking about how underrated Tua Tagovailoa is, and his new quarterback has made him look pretty good through the first two games of the season. After Miami’s incredible comeback win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Hill had a hilarious message for all the Tua critics.

Hill apparently was not keeping close track of stats in the game. He was genuinely surprised when ESPN’s Kimberley Martin told him Tagovailoa had six touchdown passes in the Dolphins 42-38 win. The star wide receiver also had yet another message for those who have doubted Tagovailoa.

“For all the haters out there who said, ‘Tua can’t do this, can’t be that,’ I really hope you soon jump on his bandwagon,” Hill said. “Not only is coach (Mike) McDaniel gonna need a wheelbarrow, Tua’s gonna need a wheelbarrow for his boatload of money and also his cajones.”

Hill was playing off his hilarious quote after last week’s 20-7 win over the New England Patriots. Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel made a gutsy decision to go for it on 4th down during that game that paid off. Hill told reporters McDaniel is going to need a wheelbarrow to carry his “big cajones” around after a call like that.

Many wondered if Hill would struggle going from an MVP quarterback in Patrick Mahomes to one who has been inconsistent, but that has not been the case thus far. Hill had 11 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens. He had 94 yards on eight receptions in Week 1.

The praise Hill heaped on Tagovailoa during the offseason may have been a bit carried away at times, but it is hard to argue with the early results.

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Sean Payton has bold prediction about 1 QB situation

Sean Payton on the sideline

Aug 23, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on during the second half against Jacksonville Jaguars at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton has a fairly bold prediction about how one team’s quarterback situation will unfold in 2022.

In an appearance on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd on Monday, the former New Orleans Saints coach predicted that Teddy Bridgewater will supplant Tua Tagovailoa as Miami Dolphins quarterback at some point in 2022, and will spark a quarterback controversy.

“I think at some point we’ll see two (quarterbacks) in Miami” Payton predicted. “I think at some point, and they played well yesterday with Tua, but Teddy Bridgewater I’ve had before. He’s an outstanding player.”

Payton’s prediction appears to be based more on Bridgewater’s talent than any struggles Tagovailoa might have. That said, if Miami does make a quarterback change at some point, it will certainly be motivated in part by Tagovailoa struggling. There have been lingering questions about Tagovailoa’s arm strength, and there are some fears that those limitations may hinder the Miami offense.

Tagovailoa went 23/33 for 270 yards and a touchdown on Sunday in a win over the New England Patriots. He will not lose his job on the strength of a performance like that, but Payton clearly is not convinced about his long-term viability.

Tua Tagovailoa accomplished rare feat against Patriots

Tua Tagovailoa celebrates a play

Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) reacts after running with the football for a first down against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins once again got the best of the New England Patriots on Sunday, and Tua Tagovailoa accomplished a rare feat with the win.

Tagovailoa is now 4-0 in his career against Bill Belichick. He is the first quarterback ever to win his first four starts against Belichick since the coach was hired by the New England Patriots. The only other quarterback to do it is John Elway, but that was when Belichick was with the Cleveland Browns.

Tagovailoa was made aware of the accomplishment after Miami’s 20-7 win. He quickly downplayed it.

“That’s not an individual accolade or I don’t even look at it as close to being that,” the former Alabama star said, per Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post. “It’s a team sport. This team has won four straight against New England. However way you see it, however way you put it, that’s what it is.”

Of course, all four of Tagovailoa’s wins against the Patriots have also come in the post-Tom Brady era. His record against Belichick probably says more about the way New England has struggled since losing Brady, but it is impressive nonetheless.

Tagovailoa completed 23-of-33 passes for 207 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions against New England. He did not exactly look like the dominant quarterback one of his teammates promises he will be, but he played well enough to help his team win an important divisional game. That has now become a theme for Tua each time he faces the Patriots.

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Tua Tagovailoa shows off arm with long touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill

Tua Tagovailoa celebrates a play

Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) reacts after running with the football for a first down against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill has praised quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s accuracy and overall abilities this offseason. Given the long throw Tagovailoa made during Saturday’s training camp practice, Hill’s praise may have been warranted after all.

Tagovailoa and the Dolphins’ first-team offense appeared to be scrimmaging against the first-team defense. Hill was sent in motion to the left side of the field before the ball was snapped. Tagovailoa dropped back in the pocket and unleashed a 65-yard bomb that was caught for a touchdown by a streaking Hill.

The throw could be a good sign that Tagovailoa’s arm strength has improved this offseason. In May, the Dolphins tweeted a video showing Tagovailoa throwing a pass to Hill, who had to stop and wait for the ball to come to him rather than catch it in stride. The video raised questions over the 24-year-old’s arm strength. But Hill defended his new quarterback over the video, and offered an interesting theory as to why the Dolphins shared the clip in the first place.

In 13 games last season, Tagovailoa completed 263 passes for 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His longest completion of the year was, like in Saturday’s video, a 65-yard pass.

Hill is one of the fastest receivers in the NFL, while Tagovailoa is not known for having the strongest arm. The Dolphins could have a difficult time unlocking their offense’s potential if Tagovailoa cannot stretch the field with deep passes. Based on Saturday’s big-time throw, that may not be a concern after all.

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Tyreek Hill makes another wild claim about Tua Tagovailoa

Tyreek Hill looks ahead

May 24, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Tyreek Hill (10) stretches during OTA practice at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Most people would agree that Tyreek Hill has gone overboard with his praise of Tua Tagovailoa this offseason, but the star wide receiver is not changing his approach.

Hill spoke about Tagovailoa again during a Monday appearance on ESPN’s “First Take.” Bart Scott asked Hill about having an opportunity to pick between being traded to the Miami Dolphins or New York Jets. Tagovailoa said he respects Zach Wilson but wanted to play with “the most accurate quarterback in the NFL.”

That led to a follow-up question about the previous comments Hill made in which he said Tagovailoa is more accurate than Patrick Mahomes. Hill did not back down from that. You can hear his full response below, but beware that he snuck an F-bomb into the interview.

Tagovailoa actually was the most accurate quarterback in the NFL last season on short passes. That is probably what Hill was referring to, though stats like that are a bit misleading.

Tagovailoa probably appreciates all the praise his new teammate has heaped on him, but Hill may be raising expectations to uncomfortable heights. He is determined to pump up his quarterback every time he gets an opportunity. Hill recently said he and Tagovailoa already have a great connection and used a bizarre analogy to prove his point. It will be interesting to see if all of this translates to success on the field.

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Tyreek Hill offers theory on infamous Tua Tagovailoa underthrow video

Tua Tagovailoa celebrates a play

Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) reacts after running with the football for a first down against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa was criticized earlier this offseason after the Miami Dolphins shared a video on social media that they believed made the quarterback look good — or did they? According to Tyreek Hill, it was all by design.

Not long after they acquired Hill in a blockbuster trade, the Dolphins shared a hype video on Twitter that showed Tagovailoa uncorking a deep pass to his new wide receiver. The problem is Tagovailoa severely underthrew the speedy Hill (video here).

Hill spoke about the video during the latest episode of his podcast. He said he thinks the Dolphins knew exactly what they were doing by sharing it.

“That’s why I really believe they showed that clip of Tua underthrowing me, just to get people talking,” Hill said. “Because they really know what Tua is capable of, for real. There’s a plan behind everything, bro. That’s the way I look at it.”

You can hear the comments at the 1:39 mark below:

The Dolphins may not have been worried about the reaction, but we highly doubt they intentionally put out a video of their quarterback throwing a bad pass. That would be some next-level thinking by their social media team.

Hill has gone out of his way to praise Tagovailoa in recent weeks. He even used a wild analogy to describe the connection between him and his new quarterback. It will be interesting to see if Hill remains Tagovailoa’s biggest fan throughout the season.

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Tyreek Hill has wild analogy for his connection with Tua Tagovailoa

Tyreek Hill looks ahead

May 24, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Tyreek Hill (10) stretches during OTA practice at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreek Hill has had extremely high praise for Tua Tagovailoa from the moment the star wide receiver was traded to the Miami Dolphins, but it has now gotten a bit weird.

In the latest episode of his “It Needed to Be Said” podcast, Hill had a baffling analogy when he was describing how he expects the chemistry to be between him and Tagovailoa. He said he and the quarterback will be like Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra.

Is that a good thing? Rodman and Electra, a former Playboy model, dated when Rodman was an enforcer for the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. They got married in a chapel in Las Vegas in 1998 and filed for annulment after just nine days. They reconciled at one point but still ended up getting divorced a little over a year later.

Hill obviously was referring to the good stuff when he compared himself and Tagovailoa to Rodman and Electra, but even that is a bit of a head-scratcher. Remember the stories we heard about the former couple during “The Last Dance” documentary series?

Hill is probably going to catch some grief for those remarks in the locker room.