However, the AFC battle took a scary turn when Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa injured his head and neck in the second quarter. After several moments on the turf, he was placed on a stretcher and transported to a local Cincinnati hospital.
Without Tagovailoa in the second half, the Bengals would pull away from the Dolphins in a 27-15 win. However, the outcome of the game was secondary. The health of Tagovailoa overshadowed the entire second half.
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Here’s what we know about Tua Tagovailoa’s health:
What happened to Tua Tagovailoa on Thursday night?
Tagovailoa was sacked and slammed to the turf by Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou with 5:43 remaining in the second quarter. Tagovailoa stayed on the turf motionless, and his fingers were disjointed in what was a scary scene. Tagovailoa was carted off the field on a stretcher and didn’t return. The Amazon Prime broadcast later announced that he was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with head and neck injuries, and he did have movement in all of his extremities.
What’s the Tua Tagovailoa backstory?
Last week, Tagovailoa appeared to injure his head in the second quarter when he was shoved to the ground by Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano. The impact of the push caused Tagovailoa’s head to slam on the turf. He fought to his feet before stumbling to the ground again.
Surprisingly, Tagovailoa reentered the game after the team said he passed the NFL’s concussion protocol. The Dolphins later said Tagovailoa suffered back and ankle injuries against the Bills.
Following the Week 3 game, the NFLPA announced that they would launch an investigation into the handling of Tagovailoa’s concussion evaluation. Tagovailoa was listed as questionable with back and ankle injuries going into Thursday night.
Is Tua Tagovailoa still in the hospital?
The Dolphins announced late Thursday evening that Tagovailoa was anticipated to be discharged from the College of Cincinnati Medical Heart and would fly residence with the workforce.
What is the newest on the NFLPA’s investigation?
The NFLPA introduced Thursday evening that their investigation into whether or not or not the Dolphins dedicated a concussion protocol violation is ongoing.
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