Worrying scenes as Tua Tagovailoa goes off on a stretcher four days after concussion scare

Author: Yuvi September 30, 2022


Tua Tagovailoa was taken off on a stretcher after recoiling in pain and needing lengthy treatment on the field in Thursday’s game between his Miami Dolphins team and the Cincinnati Bengals.

He was controversially deemed fine to play for the Dolphins only four days after he appeared to struggle with a concussion in Sunday’s win over the Bills.

But after a tackle from Josh Tupou of the Bengals, Tagovailoa stayed down and was visibly distressed by the pain he was in. He needed lengthy treatment from a number of medics before going off on a stretcher and heading straight to hospital.

Tagovailoa’s hands appeared to go into the Fencing response on landing, which is an unnatural position of the arms after a concussion.

The Amazon Prime commentary said that Tagovailoa, 24, had head and neck injuries but that he was able to speak to coach Mike McDaniel before going to hospital and asked about the play in question.

As he was tackled by Tupou he fell backwards at speed, causing his head to crash against the ground. The entire Dolphins team gathered around the midfield while their team-mate was being treated.

The Dolphins added in a statement: ‘Tua Tagovailoa has been taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. He is conscious and has movement in all his extremities.’

Chris Nowinski, a Harvard-educated neuroscientist and critic of the handling of concussions in the NFL, reacted with immediate outrage on Twitter.

Sharing a clip of the incident on Thursday, he said: ‘This is a disaster. Pray for Tua. Fire the medical staffs and coaches. I predicted this and I hate that I am right. Two concussions in 5 days can kill someone. This can end careers. How are we so stupid in 2022.’

Tua Tagovailoa was taken off on a stretcher after a second concerning blow in just four days

The 24-year-old needed extensive treatment on the field in what were concerning scenes

The 24-year-old needed extensive treatment on the field in what were concerning scenes

Tagovailoa was carried off the field on a stretcher before being taken to a nearby hospital

Tagovailoa was carried off the field on a stretcher before being taken to a nearby hospital

The incident occurred when Josh Tupou of the Bengals tackled Tagovailoa in the first half

The incident occurred when Josh Tupou of the Bengals tackled Tagovailoa in the first half

Tua Tagovailoa has been taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. He is conscious and has movement in all his extremities.

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 30, 2022 Just four days earlier, Tagovailoa staggered around after a hit, appearing to be concussed

Just four days earlier, Tagovailoa staggered around after a hit, appearing to be concussed

Before the game had even started, Nowinski tweeted: ‘If Tua takes the field tonight, it’s a massive step back for #concussion care in the NFL.

‘If he has a 2nd concussion that destroys his season or career, everyone involved will be sued & should lose their jobs, coaches included. We all saw it, even they must know this isn’t right.’

Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, summed up the mood of everyone watching on when he tweeted: ‘Prayers up man’.

In Sunday’s game, Tagovailoa appeared disorientated and briefly left the pitch after hitting the back of his head on the turf. He stumbled on his feet and team-mates had to hold him up.

He was facing a third-and-3 play from the Miami 21 when he scrambled and found Jaylen Waddle for an 8-yard gain. After releasing the ball, Tagovailoa got hit – a two-hand push in the chest – by Buffalo linebacker Matt Milano, who was flagged for roughing the passer.

Tagovailoa’s return raised some questions. The NFL announced Wednesday that they were reviewing how he returned to the game but upon returning to the field in the second half, the Dolphins announced that Tagovailoa had suffered a back injury and was not concussed.

Tagovailoa described the incident later, saying he aggravated a back injury.

‘On the quarterback sneak, I kind of got my legs got caught under someone and they were trying to push back and it felt like I kind of hyperextended my back or something,’ Tagovailoa told reporters after helping improve to 3-0 on the year . ‘Then on the next play, I kinda hit my back… that’s where I stumbled.’

Quarter-back Tagovailoa was deemed fine to play for the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night

Quarter-back Tagovailoa was deemed fine to play for the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night

Tagovailoa said he ‘passed whatever concussion protocol they had,’ adding, ‘I’m good.’

However, Chris Nowinski, a Harvard-educated neuroscientist and critic of the handling of concussions in the NFL, took issue with that explanation on Twitter.

‘I’m calling bulls*** on the ”back tweak theory,” Nowinski tweeted. ‘Watch the vid. Tua shakes his head multiple times to ‘clear the cobwebs’, which is a specific sign of vision impairment after #concussion. He also wobbles getting up before falling. His return is a fail @NFL.’

He was listed as questionable for the game but ultimately was well enough to play.

30 September, 2022, 8:20 am

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