NFLPA wants review of concussion protocols after Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa's quick return to game

MIAMI — The NFL Players Association has actually informed the NFL it wishes to start an evaluation of the league’s concussion procedures following Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s go back to Sunday’s video game versus the Buffalo Bills, a league source informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Tagovailoa left the contest after striking the ground hard late in the very first half, and the group revealed at halftime he was doubtful to return with a head injury. He finished an 8-yard pass to Jaylen Waddle after rushing out of the pocket, and Bills linebacker Matt Milano pressed him following the toss. The quarterback stumbled backwards and strike his head on the ground when he landed; Milano was flagged for roughing the passer.

Tagovailoa was sluggish to get up and fell as he attempted to stroll back to the huddle; he was accompanied to the locker space quickly afterwards. According to the NFL’s concussion procedure, a gamer needs to be gotten rid of from a video game and examined on the sideline if he shows any concussion signs.

The procedure’s sideline concussion evaluation includes a six-step procedure that evaluates the gamer for any “no-go” indications, a video evaluation of the play, an evaluation of concussion symptoms and signs, a query concerning the history of the occasion, all Maddocks concerns and a concentrated neurological examination. If any aspect of the sideline evaluation returns favorable or undetermined, the gamer needs to be required to the locker space for a complete extensive evaluation, accompanied by the group’s best-suited doctor and an unaffiliated neurological specialist.

Tagovailoa went back to the field after halftime and completed the video game, with the Dolphins ultimately winning 21-19. Afterward, Miami coach Mike McDaniel stated Tagovailoa’s back was in fact the concern, having actually harmed it throughout a quarterback sneak previously in the video game.

Tagovailoa stated he seemed like he hyperextended his back on the stopped working quarterback sneak which his back “locked up” on him after the hit from Milano, triggering him to stumble.

“It was sore when it did happen. But I mean, any competitor that would’ve never wanted to come out would’ve did the same thing,” Tagovailoa stated. “So I was just trying my hardest to get back up and get the next play and run it.”

Tagovailoa completed with 186 passing backyards and a goal, finishing 13 of 18 efforts. He stated he would get trial run on Monday and assess how he feels from there.

The Dolphins have a brief week to get ready for their Thursday night video game at the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4. Teddy Bridgewater would probably begin if Tagovailoa is not able to play, with seventh-round novice Skylar Thompson as Bridgewater’s backup.

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