Tua Tagovailoa’s visit to the concussion protocol has caused a lot of controversy – and it looks like history is repeating itself.
The Miami Dolphins quarterback is in concussion protocol for the second time this season against the Green Bay Packers — but the league said he was not injured during the game.
Tagovailoa reported symptoms the day after the game, but the league’s chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills said in an interview with the NFL Network on Tuesday that he didn’t do anything that “triggered the protocol” during the game.
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“What our specialists and non-affiliated neurologists are looking for is any type of blow that transfers to the head or neck area following a blow and the nature of the injury,” Sills explained. “And there’s a lot of hits to the head during a game. We’re always looking for hits and injury behavior, and if we see any injury behavior, obviously the call is made to evaluate the player. Has the player identified any symptoms or symptoms from a teammate, coach, official, anyone else? , that starts the protocol. Many people can start the protocol and none of those factors were present in this game on Sunday. There were none visible. Although there was a blow to the head and the player did not show any symptoms, although he had contact with the medical staff during the game, So there was nothing to trigger the protocol at the moment.
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It is not known exactly if Tagovailoa suffered the concussion, but it is widely believed that he suffered it after Durham sacked Smith and tackled him from behind in the second quarter. .
Tagovailoa was in the game but it wasn’t pretty, he threw three straight interceptions on Miami’s last three drives while the Packers scored 16 unanswered points to keep their playoff hopes alive on the road 26-20.
That play was eerily similar to the hit he took in Week 3, where he played only three days after a dramatic hit, a concussion that sent him to the hospital and forced the NFL to make changes to its protocol.
The head hit was so bad that Tagovailoa’s hands were wrapped around the field. Many speculated that it must be in Congress’s protocol after the bill was struck.
Instead, he practiced as a regular until the first game of the week.
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Tagovailoa finished Sunday’s loss to the Packers 16 of 25 for 310 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He passed for 200 yards in the first half alone after long completions, including an 84-yard touchdown catch and run to Jaylen Waddle.
The 8-7 Dolphins currently sit as the seventh seed in the AFC playoff picture, but have lost each of their last four games.
Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.