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Tua Tagovailoa injury: Updates on Dolphins QB after head injury vs. Bengals

The Dolphins QB suffered the injury during Thursday night’s game.

Miami Dolphins v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field during their Thursday night game with the Cincinnati Bengals with what the Dolphins called a head injury.

The injury occurred in the second quarter. Tagovailoa dropped to pass, but was soon sacked by defensive lineman Josh Tupou. In the process of the sack, Tagovailoa was thrown to the ground and looked to initially not be moving. The Dolphins then announced on Twitter that Tagovailoa was taken to a local Cincinnati hospital, and that he is conscious and has movement in all his extremities.

The injury occurred just four days after Tagovailoa suffered another scary injury in Week 3 against the Bills before returning to play. While the team initially ruled it as a head injury, the talk after the game was that the QB actually hurt his back.

The Dolphins have a lot of questions to answer about Tagovailoa’s scary injury. We’re keeping track of the latest updates on Tua here.

Tua Tagovailoa ruled out for Week 5 against the Jets

Head coach Mike McDaniel announced on Monday that there was “no timetable” for Tagovailoa’s return to the field, and that he would be out for Miami’s Week 5 game against the New York Jets:

McDaniel noted that the quarterback remains in the concussion protocol.

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Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel addressed the media on Friday, and discussed how his quarterback was cleared to play on Thursday night:

NFLPA President J.C. Tretter addresses the protocols

NFLPA President J.C. Tretter addressed the current concussion protocols, as well as the “no-go” symptoms, in a statement released on social media:

Tretter references the investigation into Tagovailoa’s injury on Sunday, requested by the NFLPA in the aftermath of the game against the Bills. That investigation is ongoing.

NFL’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills discussed the protocols

According to Dr. Allen Sills, who is the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer, Tagovailoa was checked every day following Sunday’s injuries. In an appearance on the NFL Network Friday, Dr. Sills indicated that Tagovailoa was checked for concussion symptoms “every day” since Sunday, and still had to be cleared by an independent neurologist:

Tua Tagovailoa traveled back with the team in a neck brace

Tua Tagovailoa sat with head coach Mike McDaniel on the flight

Tua Tagovailoa was taken to the hospital. He had movement in all his extremities.

After the game, it was reported that Tua would be discharged from the hospital and travel home with the team:

This comes after Tagovailoa was taken off the field in their victory over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday with what the Dolphins called a back injury. Tagovailoa would come back into the game in the second half, despite what was initially thought of as a head injury. Tagovailoa was listed as questionable throughout the week with back and ankle injuries.

The NFL said concussion protocols were followed

The NFLPA requested an investigation into how Tagovailoa’s concussion protocol was handled last Sunday against the Bills. According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the investigation is not complete:

Backup QB Teddy Bridgewater entered the game for the Dolphins, and the Amazon Prime broadcast crew said Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel spoke to Tua during halftime.

The Bengals won the game, 27-15.