MIAMI — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has entered the NFL’s concussion protocol a day after the workforce’s loss Sunday to the Inexperienced Bay Packers, coach Mike McDaniel mentioned.
McDaniel mentioned Tagovailoa displayed and admitted to having concussion signs when he spoke with workforce medical doctors Monday and was instantly positioned into the protocol. He added that he is uncertain on which play Tagovailoa may need initially suffered the concussion.
It marks the second time this season Tagovailoa has been positioned into the protocol.
Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will take first-team snaps whereas Tagovailoa is out, however McDaniel mentioned it is too early to call a beginning quarterback for Sunday’s recreation towards the New England Patriots.
“I simply need guys to actually be accomplished proper by, by the knowledge we’ve got, the science and all of the medical experience that we depend on,” McDaniel mentioned. “I care very deeply about each participant, I take that very severe. I simply need him to get wholesome and have peace of thoughts in that regard. … It is in regards to the human being and ensuring he is squared away.”
Tagovailoa beforehand entered the concussion protocol after the Dolphins’ recreation towards the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4 and was hospitalized briefly then after his head hit the turf. He went on to overlook the workforce’s subsequent two video games and returned in Week 7.
Tagovailoa had taken one other onerous hit 4 days earlier than the Cincinnati recreation throughout a win over Buffalo. He appeared to point out concussion signs however was evaluated and stayed within the recreation.
The NFL later modified its concussion protocol to mandate that any participant who reveals attainable concussion signs — together with a scarcity of stability or stability — sit out the rest of a recreation.
Tagovailoa mentioned in October that accidents just like the one he suffered towards the Bengals do not weigh on him; it was the second time in his taking part in profession that he was hospitalized for a football-induced harm, together with the displaced hip he suffered throughout his last season at Alabama.
“I’d say these sorts of issues weigh extra on my dad and mom than they do for me, simply with me being their son,” he mentioned in October. “However I imply, I simply need to go on the market and do good — do good for our workforce, do proper for this group, do proper for the fellows contained in the constructing that I see every single day that work actually onerous. That is all. I imply, I get pleasure from being right here. I get pleasure from all the fellows within the constructing. So after I’m not in a position to do one thing about it and assist our workforce and our group, then that simply actually sucks.”
Tagovailoa has set profession highs this season in each main passing statistic, however the Dolphins have misplaced 4 straight video games and are the No. 7 seed within the AFC playoff image. They will safe their first playoff berth since 2016 in the event that they win out, or in the event that they win one recreation and the New York Jets lose considered one of their remaining video games.
Miami performs the Patriots and the Jets to shut out its regular-season schedule.