Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa is back in concussion protocol

Miami – Miami Dolphins quarterback Toa Tagovailoa He entered NFL concussion protocol one day after the team lost Sunday to the Green Bay Packers, head coach Mike McDaniel said.

McDaniel said Tagovailoa showed symptoms of a concussion and acknowledged his injury when he spoke with team doctors on Monday and was immediately put into protocol. He added that he wasn’t sure which Tagovailoa play might have suffered the concussion initially.

This is the second time this season that Tagovailoa has been included in the protocol.

Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater He’ll take snaps for the first team while Tagovailoa comes out, but McDaniel said it’s too early to name a quarterback for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

“I just want you guys to get it right with the information we have, the science and all the medical experience that we rely on,” McDaniel said. “I care deeply about each player, and I take that very seriously. I just want him to be healthy and have peace of mind in that regard. … It’s about being human and making sure he’s out of his way.”

Tagovailoa previously entered concussion protocol after the Dolphins’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4 and was briefly hospitalized after hitting his head on the turf. He missed the team’s next two games and returned in Week 7.

Tagovailoa had suffered another major blow four days before Cincinnati’s victory over Buffalo. He appeared to be showing symptoms of a concussion but was evaluated and remained in the game.

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The NFL later changed its concussion protocol to mandate that any player displaying potential concussion symptoms—including imbalance or instability—must miss the remainder of the game.

Tagovailoa said in October that injuries like the one he sustained against Bengal were not weighing him down; It was the second time in his football career that he was hospitalized for a football-related injury, including a displaced hip that he suffered during his final season at Alabama.

“I would say these kinds of things affect my parents more than they do me, just because I’m their son,” he said in October. “But I mean, I just want to go out there and do good — do good for our team, do good for this organization, do good for the guys inside the building that I see working so hard every day. That’s it. I mean, I enjoy being here. I enjoy all the guys in So when I’m not able to do something about it and help our team and our organization, it’s really bad.”

Tagovailoa hit career highs this season in every major passing statistic, but the Dolphins have lost four straight games and are the No. 7 seed in the AFC playoff picture. They can secure their first playoff game since 2016 if they win, or if they win one game and the New York Jets lose one of their remaining games.

Miami plays the Patriots and Jets to finish out the regular season schedule.

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