A scary season for Tua Tagovailoa continued this week when the star quarterback was placed in concussion protocol for the second time this season. And on Wednesday, December 28, Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel confirmed that the signal-caller has been diagnosed with yet another concussion.
McDaniel confirmed the news while speaking to the media.
“I’ve been advised by medical professionals that Tua worries only about the day that he’s currently in and nothing else,” McDaniel told reporters. “I take that very seriously and worry about his health first and foremost and take the advice of the medical professionals.
“This is a private time for him to focus on his health… And that’s all I really want to get into.”
The NFLPA has initiated an investigation into the handling of Tagovailoa’s latest concussion.
Tagovailoa appeared to suffer the injury in the first half of the game, before returning for the second half where he was clearly struggling with his accuracy and threw three interceptions.
This would seem to be the play on which Dolphins’ QB Tua Tagovailoa was injured, when his head bangs the ground. pic.twitter.com/zCQXadHm2r
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 26, 2022
Earlier this season, Tagovailoa suffered head injuries in back-to-back games against the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. The hit against the Bills was alarming, but Tagovailoa was still named the starter for the following game. In that game, Tagovailoa went unconscious after a brutal hit and was stretchered off of the field and rushed to the hospital.
After suffering three head injuries in a single season and entering concussion protocol twice, the Dolphins need to officially shut Tagovailoa down for the remainder of the season, because his long-term health is the most important thing.