BREAKING NEWS: Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is in concussion protocol AGAIN… and fans think it is from a hit at the end of the first half of the Christmas Day defeat by Green Bay Packers
- Miami’s 24-year-old QB is not expected to play against the Patriots this weekend
- Tua’s head injury could’ve affected his game, as he unusually threw three INTs
- Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said he discussed symptoms with team doctors
- Tua had major concussion scares against the Bengals & Bills earlier this season
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is under concussion protocol again – having already been concussed twice before in the 2022 season.
He is not expected to play against the New England Patriots this weekend in a decisive game to determine which of the two teams could potentially enter the postseason as a wildcard.
Tagovailoa threw three interceptions on the Christmas Day defeat by Green Bay Packers. The Dolphins were beaten 26-20.
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa, 24, is in concussion protocol for a THIRD time this season
Tagovailoa suffered a concussion at the end of the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Packers, as he is now considered as ineligible to play vs. the Patriots in a playoff-clinch game
Fans had taken to social media to say that they thought Tagovailoa might have got concussed shortly before halftime in the game. His three interceptions came after the hit, in the fourth quarter.
One fan shared footage of Tagovailoa getting taken down and the back of his crashing into the ground with the caption: ‘Saw this live. And I recorded it because I knew as soon as I saw it. This happened late in the 1st half.
‘And I believe Tua played 2nd half with a concussion. His head bounced off the ground. And it was very similar to the hit in Cincinnati. 3 INTs in the 4th qtr. proved it to me.’
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said on Monday: ‘It was something he met with doctors today and discussed some symptoms.’
Tagovailoa has already had two concussions this season before playing against Green Bay
The 24-year-old Tagovailoa has had two major concussion scares already this season. He went into the fencing position after being dumped on the turf by by 6-foot-3, 340-pound Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou in September and was taken to hospital.
He wore a neck brace as a precaution and had to undergo an MRI scan to check for damage and missed two games.
A week prior to the Bengals incident, he had looked unsteady on his feet after a big hit in the game against the Buffalo Bills, but was cleared to continue.
Tagovailoa’s first concussion scare came in the second quarters against the Bills in September
He was seen stumbling on the field and being helped off it into a medical tent then to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion. Tua was then sent back out onto the field, where he played the rest of the game that his Dolphins won 21-19.
An independent neurological expert was fired by the NFL Players Association after he said Tua was good to go back into the game on Week 3.
McDaniel said at the time that Tagovailoa would not have played against the Bengals had he known the QB was concussed in the Week 3 incident vs Bills.
Miami’s QB suffered another concussion against the Bengals after a tackle from OT Josh Tupou
‘I totally understand the concern, appreciate the concern,’ McDaniel said. ‘When I tell you that beyond an eyeball test, he didn’t have a head injury. He was evaluated for having a head injury [on Sunday] and he did not have one. He was in complete mental concert, he played the whole game, did a press conference, did media all week.
‘I get the optics, I get how it looks like, I get all of this, I get people’s concern,’ he continued. ‘I can exude with 100 percent conviction that every person in this building had 100 percent the correct process, diligence and there is not one person you could talk to in the building that would think otherwise.’
The injury comes at a challenging time for Miami (8-7), which has lost four straight to fall to the bottom of the AFC playoff field.
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