Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa in concussion protocol once again, says Mike McDaniel

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— Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is once again in concussion protocol after reporting symptoms to head coach Mike McDaniel, who broke the news on Monday.

There was a play in the second quarter during the Dolphins’ loss to the Green Bay Packers in which the lefty threw a pass to tight end Durham Smythe and was tackled from behind, resulting in his head hitting the turf at Hard Rock Stadium on Christmas Day .

Tagovailoa stayed in the game, but it wasn’t pretty as he threw three straight interceptions on Miami’s final three drives as the Packers scored 16 unanswered points to win 26-20 on the road and keep their playoff hopes alive. It is unclear if Tagovailoa underwent concussion tests after the hit.

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Aaron Rodgers, left, of the Green Bay Packers hugs Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins on the field after the game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Aaron Rodgers, left, of the Green Bay Packers hugs Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins on the field after the game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Meanwhile, the Dolphins have lost their fourth straight game and have made things very interesting in the AFC Wild Card race with an 8-7 record now.

But more importantly, the NFL knows what Tagovailoa has been through this season in terms of concussion protocol.

The Dolphins faced the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, and Tagovailoa hit his head on the grass the same way he did against the Packers and staggered out just before halftime. However, the Dolphins sent him back there and ended up winning the game 21-19.

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But just days later, on “Thursday Night Football,” a frightening scene saw Tagovailoa unconscious after a Cincinnati Bengals sack and he was carried off the field on a stretcher and sent to the hospital.

“Yeah, I remember all night up to the point where I got tackled,” he said of the Bengals hit via Yahoo Sports. “After I was knocked down, I don’t remember much about being there. Being carried away, I don’t remember that. But I do remember things that were happening when I was in the ambulance and when I got to the hospital.”

The blow to the head was so hard that Tagovailoa’s hands curled in the field. Many speculated that he must have been in concussion protocol after the hit against the Bills. Instead, he trained normally until the start of the week’s game.

Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins looks to pass against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins looks to pass against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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The Dolphins claimed that the situation that sent Tagovailoa into the locker room against the Bills was due to a back injury.

Tagovailoa would miss the next two games against the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings after his untimely departure in Cincinnati, before returning against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 23.

The Doctor. Bennet Omalu, who discovered CTE, said at the time that Tagovailoa should retire from the NFL after watching the hit he took against the Bengals.

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“If you love your life, if you love your family, you love your children – if you have children – it’s time to leave gallantly,” he said via TMZ Sports. “Go find something else to do.”

Tagovailoa must go through concussion protocol to play the New England Patriots in a pivotal Dolphins game as they look to break this current slide and solidify a playoff berth.

Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins takes the field before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins takes the field before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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However, Tagovailoa’s status will be closely watched due to his recent past.

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Tagovailoa ended Sunday’s loss to the Packers at 16-of-25 for 310 yards, one touchdown and his three interceptions. He surpassed 200 yards in the first half alone after some long completions, including an 84-yard touchdown catch-and-run to Jaylen Waddle.

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