Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa Stretchered from Field After Scary Hit

Social Navigation

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa Stretchered from Field After Scary Hit

Chicago Bears

Just days after Tua Tagovailoa had a scary incident that some believed to be a head injury or concussion-related symptoms, Tagovailoa was stretchered off the field last night in Cincinnati after being slung to the ground by Bengals’ pass rusher Josh Tupou near halftime of the Dolphins loss to Cincinnati.

You can see in the clip below that it appears Tagovailoa has some involuntary hand movements and stiffness before lying on the Bengals midfield logo until the trainers and EMS personnel arrive on the field to assess the situation.

Here’s what the hit and reaction afterwards looked like during last Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills in Miami:

Tua was removed from that game briefly before passing concussion protocol, according to the Dolphins and the NFL. Some, including the NFLPA, are skeptical of the assessment.

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said on Thursday that so long as he is the head coach of the Dolphins, no one will ever have to worry about he or his staff trying to duck or deceive the concussion protocols.

“We don’t mess with that. Never have. As long as I’m the head coach that’ll never be an issue you guys will have to worry about.”

Here’s what McDaniel had to say after the game about Tua’s status:

“He was evaluated for a concussion and is in concussion protocol,” McDaniel told reporters after the game. “He was at the hospital [but] I believe he’s about to be discharged.

“That was an emotional moment that was not part of the deal that anyone signs up for, even though you know it’s a possibility in football to have something happen that you have to get taken off on a stretcher. All of his teammates, myself, we’re all very concerned. The best news that we could get is that everything has checked out, and he didn’t have anything more serious than a concussion.”

While McDaniel insists that the Dolphins did no wrong last week despite speculation otherwise, the NFLPA will likely be doubling down on their original request for inquiry in the wake of last night’s development.

Either way, I hope Tua is alright in all of this. What a scary situation for him and his family to go through the past five days.

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.