Mike McDaniel on Monday stated the Dolphins are “happy to comply” with any investigation into their dealing with of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s damage throughout the staff’s 21-19 win over the Buffalo Bills. The first-year coach was additionally noncommittal about Tagovailoa’s availability for Thursday evening’s highway recreation in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals.
According to a number of experiences, the NFL Players’ Association has requested the NFL to look into Tagovailoa’s concussion test after he hit his head and again on the bottom after being shoved by inside linebacker Matt Milano within the second quarter of Sunday’s recreation.
Tagovailoa received to his ft however his legs wobbled and he stumbled, sparking concern that he may need sustained a head damage.
He was instantly taken to the staff’s locker room and listed as questionable to return due to a head damage. Tagovailoa, nonetheless, returned for the beginning of the second half. He accomplished 13 of 18 passes for 186 yards and one landing. Tagovailoa stated after the sport that he injured his again on a quarterback sneak within the first quarter and his fall to the bottom reaggravated the again damage and brought about him to stumble. He additionally stated he handed a concussion take a look at earlier than returning to the sport.
“I kind of got my legs caught under someone and then they were trying to push,” Tagovailoa stated, “and then I kind of felt like I hyperextended my back or something.”
McDaniel stated Tagovailoa’s again and ankle are feeling sore, however his ailment isn’t “out of the extreme norm of bumps and bruises after a game.”
Asked concerning the course of that led Tagovailoa to be taken again to the locker room, McDaniel stated his consideration instantly turned to calling performs for Teddy Bridgewater, who entered the sport at quarterback. He was later knowledgeable of Tagovailoa’s standing at halftime.
“It was a completely different source of issue from what everyone else was really looking at from that prism,” McDaniel stated. “They went through the protocols and in that process during the game, and it was something that we wouldn’t have moved forward in the direction we did had there been any sort of red flags. You can’t keep quarterbacks out of harms way, so if he had a head issue, he wouldn’t have been back out there.”
The league and NFLPA’s game-day concussion take a look at is a multipronged set of protocols that features a provision for “gross motor instability,” which disqualifies a participant from returning to the sport if the staff doctor and an unaffiliated neurotrauma advisor decide it’s brought on by neurological points. It additionally features a cervical backbone examination to evaluate vary of movement and ache.
There are 4 “no-go” indicators and signs beneath which a participant have to be taken instantly to the locker room and can’t return to the sport: lack of consciousness, gross motor instability, confusion and amnesia.
Bridgewater, who performed three snaps after Tagovailoa left the sport, is anticipated to begin at quarterback if Tagovailoa can not play. Rookie Skylar Thompson has been a wholesome scratch for the primary three video games of the season however would probably be activated as Bridgewater’s backup.
McDaniel stated the staff, which is able to maintain a walkthrough Tuesday, must monitor the statuses of different gamers who sustained accidents on Sunday or performed via accidents. Left deal with Terron Armstead has been sidelined or restricted in apply with a lingering toe damage however hasn’t missed a recreation this season. Cornerback Xavien Howard performed via a groin damage, and a number of other others gamers briefly left the sport with accidents however returned.
“Especially in a hard-fought game like that, not just Tua but there are a lot of players that we’ll be adjusting to on the fly seeing if they can turn it around and give a healthy outing on Thursday,” McDaniel stated.
This story was initially revealed September 26, 2022 3:03 PM.
Daniel Oyefusi covers the Dolphins for the Miami Herald. A local of Towson, Maryland, he graduated from the University of Maryland: College Park. Previously, he coated the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.