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Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa stretchered out during game with Bengals after firing, could travel home

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa entered Thursday night’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. questionable to play However, late in the second quarter, he was carried off the field on a stretcher after receiving a violent sack.

On second-and-7, Tagovailoa was sacked by Bengal defensive lineman Josh Tupou for a 10-yard loss. Tagovailoa fell on his already injured back and appeared to hit his head as well. It was a terrifying scene, as Tagovailoa raised his hands in what the Amazon broadcast described as a neurological response to head trauma. He remained on the grass for several minutes before finally being loaded onto a stretcher and carried off the field. Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tagovailoa under center.

The Dolphins quickly ruled out Tagovailoa with what they classified as head and neck injuries. the team then he said he was conscious and had movement in all his limbs. According to the Amazon broadcast, Tagovailoa was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. NFL Media reported that Tagovailoa was transported there by ambulance.

In the fourth quarter of Miami’s 27-15 loss, Amazon sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung gave a very positive update, saying Tagovailoa is expected to be released from the hospital and possibly travel home with the team.

Many assumed Tagovailoa suffered a concussion last week against the Buffalo Bills after taking a hard sack from linebacker Matt Milano. The Miami quarterback was stumbling on the field after the hit, leading many to believe he had suffered a head injury. However, he came out and got back into the game and ended with the 21-19 win. The NFLPA later said it would review whether the Dolphins followed the concussion protocol, but the team has maintained it was an overdue issue.

After outcry on social media following Tua’s latest injury, the NFLPA issued a statement via Twitter:

“The health and safety of the players is at the core of the union’s mission. Our concern tonight is for Tua and we look forward to a full and speedy recovery. Our investigation into the possible protocol violation is ongoing.”

Tagovailoa completed 8 of 14 passes for 110 yards and an interception Thursday night before leaving the game. The third-year signal-caller from Alabama entered this matchup second in the NFL with 925 passing yards, and tied for third in passing touchdowns with eight.


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