Dolphins ‘Tua Tagovailoa concussion is a concern far beyond this season
For the second time this season, Tua Tagovailoa has suffered a head injury Investigated by NFL.
This is not nearly as obvious as scary one that he suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the result was the same. Tagovailoa is undergoing a week of concussion training. On Wednesday, the NFLPA announced that there will be a joint investigation with the NFL on how the team and independent medical professionals handled his most recent head injury.
The current time is technically only his second of the season, but if the Week 4 start-up process were to go into Week 3, it would be the 3rd trip on the roster. concussion treatment. It was a game against the Buffalo Bills when he lost his balance for the first time after being hit in the head. It was diagnosed as a back injury, but then the world saw the backlash of fencing 4 days later.
With two games left in the regular season, Mike McDaniel’s revival of the Miami Dolphins seems to have gone as far as it can this season. They are clinging to a wildcard and it is very unlikely that they can hold out without Tagovailoa at the center. Teddy Bridgewater will start Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Even with a lot of talent at the skill position, the Dolphins’ backup midfielders were unable to maintain an offensive position in Tagovailoa’s absence. Additionally, Bridgewater suffered a head injury in Week 5.
How much Tagovailoa’s injury does to the Dolphins’ playoff hopes, far more worrying is how injured Tagovailoa and how this head injury could affect his career any in the future.
There was no moment in that game where he appeared stunned after one play. Maybe his poor second half performance was affected by injury, but he never tripped, or was face down on the ground for long periods of time. There was a clip of Tagovailoa’s head bouncing off the grass at Hard Rock Stadium late in the second half after the Dolphins’ 26-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers went viral. According to ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques, Tagovailoa no concussion symptoms until the Monday after the game.
He’s considered daily, but the Dolphins will knock him out at least for the rest of this season, including the knockouts. Following a previous injury, he was sidelined from the moment he was taken off that Thursday night against the Bengals, until 25 days after the Pittsburgh Steelers game.
If Tagovailoa can be back on the field in 21 days, that would put him on the field for a wild hand if the Dolphins can win a spot, but at this point it wouldn’t be wise. Head injury research has shown that having a concussion increases the likelihood of another injury. Whether this is a #2 or #3 concussion this season, if symptoms don’t show up until a day after the injury, the risk of him returning to the field after the New Year’s transition is too great. big.
What if the Dolphins played in Green Bay last week and he flew home from Wisconsin not knowing he had a concussion? On the plane back from Cincinnati, he wore a neck brace home. What if his head hit the field again in that game and he got a head injury that nobody knew about the first one?
The choice the Dolphins need to make for the rest of this season is to put Tagovailoa aside, but after a year he suffered a head injury, worrying about his health through September 2023 and beyond is reasonable.