Sure, Tua Tagovailoa cleared protocols — he nonetheless shouldn’t play

Of course Tua Tagovailoa’s next start might be a prime time game against Pittsburgh.

In fact Tua Tagovailoa’s subsequent begin is perhaps a primary time recreation towards Pittsburgh.
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There’s a bunch of visitors whilst you’re behind the wheel. It’s irritating you’ll be able to’t get to your vacation spot whenever you need. As quickly because the highway opens and also you see the accident inflicting the congestion. It will get your full consideration for just a few seconds earlier than transferring on along with your life. That’s the state of affairs that’ll play out in Week 7, as Tua Tagovailoa has cleared concussion protocol, ESPN reviews.

After struggling a confirmed concussion two weeks in the past and a suspicious “again damage” just some days earlier than that, Tagovailoa hasn’t performed since. And he gained’t play this weekend towards the Vikings. However in seven days, he’ll be good to go towards Pittsburgh. The Russian roulette will depart Moscow and plant itself in no matter venue Miami performs. A 3rd concussion for Tua in lower than a month might be career-ending. Chris Nowinski, the co-founder, and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Basis, informed Deadspin the day after Tagovailoa suffered his second head damage that he shouldn’t play once more this season.

Primarily based on the timing of this announcement, Tagovailoa gained’t solely play, however will begin towards the Steelers. And it’s 11 extra possibilities, a minimum of, this season for Tua to endure one other concussion. I do know all gamers assume well being dangers by suiting up within the NFL. Quarterbacks are all the time on the forefront. Aside from really uncommon circumstances, Tagovailoa will contact the ball on each Dolphins’ offensive possession.

But, per ESPN, Tagovailoa cleared requirements effectively past the NFL’s concussion protocol, receiving 4 exterior opinions that unanimously cleared him for motion by stating there was no long-term harm to the mind. Miami resorted to utilizing their third-string quarterback in Tagovailoa’s absence, as backup Teddy Bridgewater additionally entered concussion protocols in latest weeks. Colts working again Nyheim Hines, who additionally suffered a concussion lately and displayed gross motor instability on final week’s version of Thursday Evening Soccer, gained’t play in Week 6.

The roll of the cube with Tagovailoa’s well being is heightened no matter him being cleared or not. It’s primary science to know three concussions over a brief span can result in everlasting harm. This isn’t only a soccer challenge. I hope it doesn’t occur. Tagovailoa had a formidable begin to the 2022 season and the league is best with him in it. Miami went 3-0 in video games the place he performed a majority of the groups’ snaps behind heart. I’ll simply be grimacing each time a defensive finish will get near him. Yet another shot to the dome and the dialog shifts from whether or not we’ll see Tua once more in 2022 as to whether he ought to placed on a helmet once more in any respect. 

Rahul Diyashi
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