NFL players ask why Tua Tagovailoa was playing after previous injury

NFL players ask why Tua Tagovailoa was playing after previous injury

The NFL community was quick to question the Miami Dolphins for letting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa take the field for Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Four days earlier, Tagovailoa appeared to have suffered a head injury after taking a big hit against the Buffalo Bills, but returned to that game a few playoffs later. After the Bills game, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Tagovailoa injured his back, not his head. The NFL and the NFL Players Association are conducting a joint review to determine if the league’s concussion protocols were properly followed in this case.

Tagovailoa started Thursday’s game against the Bengals but received another hit late in the second quarter, hitting his head on the turf and showing obvious signs of a concussion. He left the field on a cart and was taken to a Cincinnati hospital. After the game, the Dolphins said Tagovailoa would be released to return to South Florida with the team.

Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III retweeted a video of the hit Tagovailoa took against the Bills and said the Dolphins “should answer” for their decision to let him start on Thursday.

Former NFL offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger noted the head injuries he suffered during his career and said he was happy that the decision on whether he should have quickly returned to the land was taken from his hands.

Griffin also said it was the team’s job to protect players from further injury.

Ryan Shazier, a former NFL linebacker who suffered a crippling spinal injury while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game in Cincinnati in 2017, said Tagovailoa is in good hands at center medical from the University of Cincinnati.

Former NFL safety Ryan Clark said he suspects Tagovailoa’s injury on Sunday involved more than his back.

New England Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon said Tagovailoa should have been on the sidelines on Thursday.

A number of NFL players, including Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt, have been more critical of Amazon’s decision to continue showing replays of the game, particularly its aftermath when Tagovailoa was writhing on the ground after taking the hit.

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