An assessment by the NFL and its players’ union determined that Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa did not need concussion procedures during the team’s game against Green Bay because he showed no signs of concussion. head injury at that time.
Tagovailoa did not report concussion symptoms until the day after his team’s Christmas Day loss to the Packers, “at which point the team’s medical staff appropriately assessed and brought Mr. on concussion regimens,” according to a joint statement released Saturday.
Tagovailoa was ruled out of Miami’s game in New England on Sunday after suffering a concussion against Green Bay.
The 24-year-old had previously suffered a concussion during the Week 4 loss to Cincinnati after a tackle left him unconscious and forced to leave the field on a stretcher. It was four days after he was allowed back into the game against Buffalo after he appeared disoriented after a hit.
Miami coach Mike McDaniel said Friday that Tagovailoa is focusing on his health on a daily basis.
Teddy Bridgewater will lead the Dolphins in their crucial qualifying game against the Patriots, which will be the deciding factor in whether Miami wins its first post-season berth since 2016. The Dolphins made it to the knockout stages with a win and a loss for the New York Jets against Seattle, or a combined draw with a loss to the Jets and a loss or draw against the Pittsburgh Steelers.