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Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa out vs. Jets, still no ‘definitive timeline’ for return

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will not play against the New York Jets in Week 5, head coach Mike McDaniel said on Monday.

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There is no timeline for his return and he is still on concussion protocol, but there was encouraging news: there was no problem with Tua’s MRI.

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Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tagovailoa when he was injured on Thursday and is likely to start against the Jets.

The controversy surrounding the treatment of a possible head injury

Tagovailoa’s injury came in the fourth week of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. During the game, Tua was knocked to the ground. His head is in a helmet hit the lawn so hard that his fingers closed, which is a neurological response to brain injury. He was immediately removed from the game, tied to a stretcher, and taken by ambulance to a local Cincinnati hospital for further examination.

While this injury took Tagovailoa out of the game, last week’s moment in the game kicked off all the controversy and discussion regarding the treatment of head injuries in the NFL. In a match against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, Tua was knocked to the ground and when he got up, he looked distracted and uncoordinated. Shaking his head, he stumbled forward a few steps before dropping to his knees.

It looked like a concussion to many NFL viewers and analysts, so it was surprising to see him back on the field shortly after going through concussion protocol. The dolphins said that Tua’s back was blocked, causing him to trip.

This explanation didn’t really sit well with the NFLPA, which reportedly fired the independent neurologist who allowed Tagovailoa to play after Bill’s injury. The NFL and NFLPA have held joint discussions to update concussion protocols in light of Tagovailoa’s injuries, and changes may be announced and implemented before Week 5.

But everything is already changing. Perhaps in anticipation of new concussion protocols, teams were especially wary of possible concussions on Sunday. Two quarterbacks (Brian Hoyer and Tyrod Taylor) were sent off with concussions, along with a number of other players.

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa will not play in Week 5 due to a head injury he suffered in Week 4 and there is no schedule for his return to the field. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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