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NFL, NFLPA to review if concussion protocols followed with Tua Tagovailoa

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The NFL and the NFL Players Association will conduct a joint review to find out whether the league’s concussion protocols were followed properly Sunday when quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returned to the Miami Dolphins’ game against the Buffalo Bills in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Each the league and the NFLPA confirmed the review will occur.

Tagovailoa returned to the sport to start the second half. He left the sphere in the primary half after being shoved to the turf by Bills linebacker Matt Milano on a passing attempt. Tagovailoa got to his feet but stumbled. He was taken from the sphere by members of the Dolphins’ medical staff. Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater entered and finished the primary half.

Milano was penalized for roughing the passer on the play.

Tagovailoa was back within the lineup for the Dolphins’ opening possession of the third quarter. He played the remaining of the sport because the Dolphins won, 21-19, to enhance to 3-0.

Coach Mike McDaniel said after the sport that Tagovailoa’s stumble was due to a difficulty along with his back.

Injury Update | Tua Tagovailoa has a head injury and is questionable to return.

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 25, 2022

“Now, Tua, he went out with a lower back. … He type of got bent back pretty significantly on a quarterback sneak earlier,” McDaniel said during his postgame news conference. “I used to be type of with everyone else. When he hit his head on the bottom, I assumed it was a head injury. But his legs got wobbly because his lower back was completely loose. And as he described it, he said his lower back was like Gumby or something.”

Tagovailoa also told reporters his injury was to his back.

The Dolphins announced in the course of the game — before Tagovailoa’s return — that Tagovailoa was being evaluated for a head injury and was questionable to return to the sport.

Tua: Felt like I hyperextended my back or something. My back type of locked up on me.

— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) September 25, 2022

The NFL’s concussion protocols outline a step-by-step process for evaluating a player suspected to have suffered a head injury. A player can return to a game if cleared by the team physician and an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant following several tests.

The protocols say a player may to not return to a game if he demonstrates “gross motor instability” that’s “determined by [the] team physician, in consultation with the [unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant], to be neurologically caused.”

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