For the second time this season, a Tua Tagovailoa head harm is being investigated by the NFL.
This one wasn’t almost as apparent because the horrifying one that he suffered in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals, however the consequence is identical. Tagovailoa is spending his follow week in concussion protocol. On Wednesday the NFLPA introduced that there shall 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 may 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 recognized 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 may possibly this season. They’re clinging to a wild-card spot and it’s extremely unlikely that they are going to have the ability 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 ability place expertise, the Dolphins’ backup quarterbacks haven’t been capable of 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 received damage and the way this head trauma can have an effect on his profession going ahead.
There was no second throughout that sport by which he appeared dazed after a play. Perhaps 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 Laborious Rock Stadium late within the second quarter of the Dolphins’ 26-20 loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers. In keeping with ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques, Tagovailoa confirmed no concussion signs till the Monday following the sport.
He’s thought of day-to-day, however the Dolphins ought to hold him out for no less than 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 evening 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 might put him on the sphere for a wild card sport if the Dolphins are capable of clinch a spot, however at this level that might be unwise. Head trauma analysis has proven that struggling a concussion will increase the chance 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 danger 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 residence from Wisconsin not figuring out that he was concussed? On the aircraft again from Cincinnati he wore a neck brace residence. 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 in regards to 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 affordable to fret about well being via Sept. 2023 and past.