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NFL: NFLPA speaks out on Tagovailoa incident

NFL: NFLPA speaks out on Tagovailoa incident

According to Adam Schefter of the network ESPNthe NFL Players Association has reportedly shared its desire to reevaluate the concussion protocol after the incident involving Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa during Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Tagovailoa left the game after being tackled hard on the ground towards the end of the first quarter and the team then announced that his quarterback might not return to the game.

After the contact, Tua was slow to get up and when he started to walk, he lost his balance twice, before finally being escorted to the sidelines. According to NFL protocol, a player must be removed from the game for testing if he shows symptoms of concussion.

The exams include some tests that are used to assess whether the player is able to return to the field, or not. The protocol is done in six steps, beginning with a video replay assessment of the incident, followed by an assessment of signs of concussions and symptoms, an investigation of the history of the event, any questions “Maddocks” and a neurological exam. If the player does not meet the expectations of one or more of these stages, he will have to be taken to the team locker room and will be evaluated by a physicist and a neurology consultant.

In his case, Tagovailoa returned to action in the second half and helped the Dolphins beat the Bills 21-19. Team head coach Mike McDaniel said his quarterback had a back injury, not a head injury, and it was that injury that was bothering him.

“I felt pain in my back and especially after the contact, affirmed Tagovailoa after the meeting. Anyone would have done the same as me. I am a competitor. I tried to give everything I had to be able to stay in the game. »

Tua finished the game with 186 passing yards and a touchdown, completing 13 of 18 attempts.

He later mentioned that he would be evaluated on Monday to find out more about this injury.

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