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Mike McDaniel: Tua Tagovailoa passed concussion tests, status for Thursday vs. Bengals unclear due to back, ankle

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Amid an NFLPA investigation into Tua Tagovailoa’s injury, Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel confirmed to reporters on Monday that his quarterback passed concussion tests before returning for Sunday’s win over the Buffalo Bills and is not on concussion protocol. .

But he’s not 100% in the short week leading up to Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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By the dolphins Tagovailoa could not participate if the dolphins were training on Monday due to back and ankle injuries. McDaniels did not give an official update on Tagovailoa’s status, but admitted there was a chance he would not be able to play on Thursday.

“These Thursday night games are where you get used to just doing your best,” McDaniel told reporters at his Monday press conference when asked about Tagovailoa’s health. “And we’re trying to get information as quickly as possible. We will work smoothly with it.”

The Dolphins claim that Tua Tagovailoa’s head is fine, but there is no guarantee that he will play in the fourth week. (David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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He expressed confidence in substitutes Teddy Bridgewater and Skylar Thompson in case Tagovailoa was unable to play.

“This is my first match on Thursday night with Tua, so I’m not assuming anything,” McDaniel continued. That’s why you have a list of capable people. That’s why we brought Teddy here and chose Skylar. for such adjustments.

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As for the concussion, McDaniel repeated the team’s position on Sunday after Tagovailoa appeared to suffer a head injury against the Bills. Tagovailoa’s head bounced off the lawn after a shot from Bills linebacker Matt Milano in the second quarter. As he got up from the impact, he lost his balance and fell to the ground before being helped off the pitch by two coaches.

Dolphins originally announced that Tagovailoa suffered a head injury but returned by the start of the second half and played the rest of the game. After the game, the Dolphins announced that Tagovailoa was instead dealing with a back injury, which was the reason he lost his footing after being hit.

McDaniel told reporters on Monday that Tagovailoa had insisted that everything was fine with his head before the concussion evaluation.

“Everyone was so worried – hey, is something wrong with your head?” McDaniel said. “No, I’m fine,” he quoted Tagovailoa’s response.

“He deals with the back. He knew he was a little off balance when he stood up.”

He also said that the Dolphins are happy to cooperate with the NFLPA investigation.

“At the core of the importance of all this is the safety of the players,” McDaniel said. “That’s why there are protocols. We are happy to comply and feel good about the whole process.

“They looked at the protocols… It was that we wouldn’t have moved in the same direction if there were any red flags.”


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