Tua Tagovailoa took a lot of criticism for his second-half performance in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. I was certainly guilty of laying it on pretty thick. And I mean … his three second-half interceptions did keep the Packers playoff dreams alive. But perhaps he has a pretty good excuse.
According to Ian Rapoport, Tagovailoa has entered the NFL’s concussion protocol, again.
Ah. That is scary, not good news. And we certainly hope he’s all right.
This afternoon, Adam Schefter shared a potential point of injury for Tua. Check out this play late in the first half, when Tagovailoa hits the ground pretty hard.
A few weeks ago, Tagovailoa was placed in concussion protocol, after he was slammed to the ground by Cincinnati Bengals lineman Josh Tupou and stretchered off the field. He eventually missed two games with head and neck injuries.
Tagovailoa’s Week 4 scare called attention to a play the week before against the Chargers that looked like he might have suffered a concussion. Tua was allowed to finish that game, and the two-week stretch of nasty hits to the Dolphins quarterback prompted the NFL to modify its concussion protocol.
Even after his head getting slammed to the ground on Sunday, Tagovailoa finished the game against Green Bay and Miami head coach Mike McDaniel said on Monday that the quarterback was displaying concussion symptoms and placed into the protocol.
McDaniel told reporters today that Tua was placed into the protocol due to displaying symptoms, something that he “only found out about a couple hours” before he met with the media today.
So, to be clear, we do not know if Tagovailoa has indeed been diagnosed with a concussion. Either way, it’s a scary situation for the young quarterback who has had multiple head injury scares this season alone.