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Doctor who cleared Tua Tagovailoa fired by NFLPA

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

The NFLPA has taken action against the doctor who cleared Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to return to last Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

The NFLPA exercised its right to fire the independent doctor who was involved in the decision to allow Tagovailoa to return to Sunday’s game. Tagovailoa returned despite looking unstable after taking a big hit.

The independent doctors employed by the NFL are approved by both the league and the union. By withdrawing their support, the NFLPA can essentially fire the doctor in this instance.

The process surrounding Tagovailoa has been scrutinized heavily after the quarterback suffered a concussion while playing Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite his wobbly reaction to last Sunday’s hit, Tagovailoa returned to that game, with doctors saying he had suffered a back injury.

The NFL and NFLPA are investigating to ensure that the protocols were followed, though the NFL has publicly voiced confidence in the process and said Tagovailoa passed concussion checks and never exhibited any of the “no-go” symptoms that would have immediately ruled him out. The NFLPA is clearly more skeptical, and this move reinforces that.

Tua Tagovailoa issues first comment since suffering concussion

Tua Tagovailoa at a press conference

Oct 15, 2021; Ware, United Kingdom; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) at a press conference at the Hanbury Marriott Manor and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa’s Twitter account on Friday issued the quarterback’s first statement since he suffered a concussion on Thursday night.

Tagovailoa’s Twitter account shared a graphic that contained the written statement.

“I want to thank everyone for all of their prayers and support since the game last night. It was difficult to not be able to finish the game and be there with my teammates, but I am grateful for the support and care I’ve received from the Dolphins, my friends and family, and all the people who have reached out. I’m feeling much better and focused on recovering so I can get back out on the field with my teammates,” the statement said.

Tagovailoa suffered a concussion during the second quarter of his Dolphins’ loss to the Bengals on Thursday night. The concussion came four days after Tagovailoa was briefly knocked out of Miami’s Week 3 win over the Bills with what many thought looked like concussion symptoms.

Tagovailoa was able to travel back to Miami with his team and says he is feeling better. The Dolphins quarterback underwent an MRI, CT scan and X-rays.

NFL defends Tua Tagovailoa evaluation process

Tua Tagovailoa at a press conference

Oct 15, 2021; Ware, United Kingdom; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) at a press conference at the Hanbury Marriott Manor and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins and NFL are under a great deal of scrutiny after Tua Tagovailoa suffered a frightening head injury on Thursday night, but a league official says the quarterback was checked for concussion symptoms every day leading up to the game.

NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills spoke with Judy Battista of NFL.com on Friday about the process that led to Tagovailoa being cleared to play against the Cincinnati Bengals. Sills said the NFL is working with the NFL Players Association to determine if there were any violations of the league’s concussion protocol after Tagovailoa returned to last Sunday’s game despite looking very wobbly after a hit. While Sills said he did not want to make any definitive statements about the situation until the review is complete, he confirmed that Tagovailoa was checked daily for concussion symptoms after the incident in Week 3.

“I know that he was checked after the game. I know that he was checked the following day,” Sills said. “Every player who gets an examination on game day gets a follow-up exam the following day, even if that (initial) exam was negative. That’s part of our concussion protocol. And I know that this player was checked every day leading up to the game.”

Sills added that there would be “very serious consequences” if the review determines that the concussion protocol was not followed properly. However, he did note that Tagovailoa did not meet any of the “no-go criteria” when he suffered his injury against the Bills. Sills said the “no-go” signs are the fencing posture, which Tagovailoa exhibited on Thursday night, and amnesia or confusion.

The NFL Players Association disagrees. NFLPA president JC Tretter released a statement on Friday saying the union is “outraged” by what took place with Tagovailoa over the past week. The NFLPA believes Tagovailoa did exhibit “no-go” symptoms last week in addition to in Thursday’s game.

Several powerful voices from the NFL community blasted the Dolphins during Thursday night’s game. Head coach Mike McDaniel defended the process that led to Tagovailoa being cleared.

John Harbaugh criticizes Dolphins over handling of Tua Tagovailoa

John Harbaugh looking on

Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh issued a surprising public criticism of the Miami Dolphins over their handling of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

The Dolphins were widely criticized for allowing Tagovailoa to play Thursday, just four days after he suffered a concerning-looking injury against the Buffalo Bills. That criticism increased after Tagovailoa suffered a frightening head injury against the Cincinnati Bengals.

A lot of that criticism came from ex-players and members of the media, but Harbaugh notably did not back away from a pretty strong take on Friday when asked about Tagovailoa’s injury. Harbaugh said it was “astonishing” that Tagovailoa was cleared to play, seemingly criticizing the Dolphins for starting him.

Obviously, Harbaugh is stating what seems to be the majority opinion here. Still, it is a bit of a surprise to hear an active coach come out so firmly with this stance.

The Dolphins have maintained that they followed all the proper protocols with regard to Tagovailoa. Harbaugh would know what those protocols are, so his criticism is a bit more noteworthy.

The NFL and NFLPA are investigating the handling of Tagovailoa’s initial injury. Harbaugh, like many others, will probably be quite interested to hear what they find.

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.

Mike McDaniel defends handling of Tua Tagovailoa situation

Mike McDaniel at practice

Sep 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel enters the field prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are facing serious backlash after Tua Tagovailoa appeared to suffer his second head injury in less than a week, but head coach Mike McDaniel insists the team followed all of the appropriate steps before clearing Tagovailoa to play on Thursday night.

Tagovailoa was taken to the hospital after being concussed during the second quarter of Miami’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He showed a fencing reaction after his head hit the turf, which is typically a telltale sign of a concussion.

The big issue for the Dolphins is that Tagovailoa 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 he was cleared to return. Tagovailoa cleared concussion protocol and the Dolphins said his balance issues were the result of a back injury.

McDaniel was asked after Thursday’s game if the Dolphins took all the necessary steps to make sure Tagovailoa was healthy enough to play. He emphasized how strict the concussion protocol is and said he would “never mess with that.”

The NFLPA was already investigating how Tagovailoa’s injury against the Bills was handled. That probe is likely to become far more serious after what happened in Cincinnati.

Several powerful voices from the NFL community blasted the Dolphins on Thursday night.

NFL, Dolphins blasted for clearing Tua Tagovailoa to play in Week 4

Players huddle around Tua Tagovailoa

The NFL and Miami Dolphins were blasted on Thursday night over what has transpired with Tua Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa was taken to the hospital after being concussed during Thursday night’s game between his Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals. Tagovailoa showed a fencing reaction after hitting his head on the turf, which was scary to many watching.

The problem is that this concussion is not an independent matter.

The Dolphins and the league were already facing an investigation over what transpired four days earlier.

Tagovailoa exited his team’s win over the Buffalo Bills in the second quarter after being sacked and hitting his head. Though Tagovailoa appeared to exhibit some concussion symptoms, the quarterback was cleared to return to the game. The medical exams determined Tagovailoa’s reaction was due to a back injury he had sustained earlier in the game.

At the time, there were people questioning how Tagovailoa was cleared to return to the game despite appearing to show concussion symptoms. The NFLPA is investigating the matter.

Not only was Tagovailoa cleared to play in the second half of Week 3, but he was also cleared to play four days later in “Thursday Night Football.”

Chris Nowinski, a neuroscientist, railed against the NFL and Dolphins prior to the game for clearing Tagovailoa to play in Week 4.

Nowinski foresaw the problems.

Many other powerful voices from former players and media members similarly ripped the league and Dolphins.

Tua Tagovailoa taken to hospital after suffering concussion

Tua Tagovailoa on a stretcher

Tua Tagovailoa was taken to a hospital after suffering a concussion during Thursday night’s game between his Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tagovailoa was trying to escape pressure on a 2nd-and-7 in the second quarter with his team down 7-6. He got sacked by Josh Tupou, who slammed the quarterback down. Tagovailoa’s head hit the turf hard.

Tagovailoa immediately showed a fencing response where his arms and hands curled up around his chest. That is a clear concussion signal.

The quarterback was placed on a stretcher and taken away to the the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in an ambulance.

The Dolphins said Tagovailoa was out with neck and head injuries.

The third-year quarterback was 8/14 for 110 yards with an interception prior to exiting.

This was the second time in under a week that Tagovailoa dealt with an injury following a sack. The young quarterback was examined for a possible concussion in Week 3 but returned to the game for the second half. Four days later, he was playing against the Bengals and suffered a head and neck injury.

Ryan Fitzpatrick has interesting admission about Tua Tagovailoa

Ryan Fitzpatrick talking

Aug 20, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) talks to fans while leaving the field after the Washington Football Team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Fitzpatrick spent one season with Tua Tagovailoa in Miami, so he knows better than most what sort of skills the young quarterback has. He also knows how things went between Tagovailoa and former coach Brian Flores, and he offered up a rather revealing opinion about that recently.

Though Tagovailoa was the starter for the bulk of that 2020 season, Flores sometimes brought Fitzpatrick in for the fourth quarter of close games with Miami trying to grab a playoff spot. Fitzpatrick suggested that Flores should have let Tagovailoa, then a second-year player, battle through it, and that bringing in the veteran was the wrong move.

“There was the Denver game that I came in in the fourth quarter, and there was the Las Vegas game and I came in the fourth quarter,” Fitzpatrick told Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “I think that was that was kind of an admission by coach for us that there were certain aspects of (Tua’s) game that weren’t ready yet, because he was young in terms of the two minute drill and being able to do some of that stuff efficiently.

“But he’s so talented, that it was time to get him on the field and get them to learn. And so I thought (Tua) did a great job with that year, because that wasn’t easy. showing up to work every day having a smile on his face. And so, after I left, there was some things that got even rockier with that relationship.”

Fitzpatrick added that he felt Tagovailoa’s relationship with new coach Mike McDaniel was much more fruitful and is translating to results.

At the time, Flores maintained that Tagovailoa’s benchings were not a reflection of a lack of faith in the quarterback. That is almost impossible to believe, though. Fitzpatrick suggests that players saw it that way, which is bound to undermine confidence in a young quarterback.

Ultimately, this is further confirmation of what we already knew. Flores did not handle Tagovailoa well and never seemed totally enamored with him. Bringing in McDaniel has made a big difference.

Dolphins provide Tua Tagovailoa injury update

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 quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was certainly banged up during Sunday’s win over the Buffalo Bills, and there is at least some doubt about his status for Thursday night.

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel admitted that Tagovailoa had a sore back, and is also dealing with ankle soreness. The team has a short week, as they play the Bengals in Cincinnati on Thursday, so McDaniel did not guarantee that Tagovailoa would be able to play that game.

Tagovailoa’s injuries looked quite serious during Sunday’s game, and it was a huge surprise to many that he was able to return at all. In fact, some are still skeptical about how Tagovailoa’s diagnosis ultimately went.

Tagovailoa has been a standout player so far this season, with eight touchdown passes in three weeks to pace the unbeaten Dolphins.